Older Americans are More Worried About Coronavirus—Unless They’re RepublicanBreaking News
tags: public health, senior citizens, coronavirus, social distancing, elderly
Seventy-year-old Sal Gentile, writing in response to a question from The Washington Post, suggested that he wasn’t particularly worried about the coronavirus outbreak.
“Yep, I have a pacemaker and recent fusion,” he wrote; “however my love for quality of life is more important to me than being rattled by a TV station.”
Gentile is one of the Americans most at risk from the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned those 60 and older and those with medical conditions to be particularly wary of its spread, given the higher mortality rates associated with those factors. Gentile would seem to fit into both categories, but, like many other residents of the Florida retirement community The Villages who were profiled by The Post this week, he doesn’t seem particularly worried.
The Villages has become something of a benchmark for older America, surging in size as the number of older Americans has steadily increased. A visit to the community earlier this week found that residents were continuing their social activities as they normally would, most as unrattled as Gentile. For some readers it spurred nothing short of bafflement: young people are forgoing social activities to halt the spread of a disease that isn’t particularly dangerous for them but those most at risk are living life as normal?
Part of the issue may be that The Villages isn’t necessarily as representative of America’s older population as it may seem.
comments powered by Disqus
- Josh Hawley Earns F in Early American History
- Does Germany's Holocaust Education Give Cover to Nativism?
- "Car Brain" Has Long Normalized Carnage on the Roads
- Hawley's Use of Fake Patrick Henry Quote a Revealing Error
- Health Researchers Show Segregation 100 Years Ago Harmed Black Health, and Effects Continue Today
- Nelson Lichtenstein on a Half Century of Labor History
- Can America Handle a 250th Anniversary?
- New Research Shows British Industrialization Drew Ironworking Methods from Colonized and Enslaved Jamaicans
- The American Revolution Remains a Hotly Contested Symbolic Field
- Untangling Fact and Fiction in the Story of a Nazi-Era Brothel