Monday, February 21, 2022
Kaiser Health News examined how COVID's continued presence is wearing folks down in As Covid Slogs On, Seniors Find Fortitude Waning and Malaise Growing.
Despite recent signals that covid’s grip on the country may be easing, many older adults are struggling with persistent malaise, heightened by the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant. Even those who adapted well initially are saying their fortitude is waning or wearing thin.
Like younger people, they’re beset by uncertainty about what the future may bring. But added to that is an especially painful feeling that opportunities that will never come again are being squandered, time is running out, and death is drawing ever nearer.
As the article notes, some older adults who are vaccinated and booster still can be at risk for serious illness from COVID. "The constant stress of wondering “Am I going to be OK?” and “What’s the future going to look like?” has been hard" for one older adult quoted for the article. The article quotes several older adults who describe the impact this has had on them.
And COVID isn't done with us yet.