It is not an original observation, but it is useful to note now and again that COVID-19 is a two-tiered phenomenon, and it’s two-tiered in multiple dimensions.
The first is in its impact on health. It is the elderly who are especially vulnerable. Mortality rates for old people are the highest. That was painfully seen in our long-term care facilities. It is not an “old person’s disease,” but the old are most susceptible to its full force.
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The elderly were also more exposed in another sense. During the lockdown, those who caught the virus were kept in isolation. Even their closest family members were kept away from them in their dying days. Those who did not contract the illness were also kept in isolation, for fear of catching it from a family member.
Some circumstances were akin to an updated tale from Charles Dickens’ pathos-filled pen. I know of one 96-year-old who was unable to be visited by his 93-year-old wife. The very worst and most emotional time to be alone was the very time they were forced to be alone.