- Nov 15, 2007
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- America?s Hometown
Sad to hear of your granddaughters condition.Since some of the previous comments have addressed COVID in relation to those who are the most vulnerable, I want to share my thoughts because it's a subject that is very close to me.
First, I want to start by saying that I'm someone who often used the words "isolation" and "quarantine" as if they were one and the same. Then, my daughter corrected me by explaining that "isolation" refers to those who have tested positive. The length of isolation will vary depending on the severity and (hopefully) recovery of the patient. "Quarantine" refers to those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. The length of quarantine is 14 days.
So, when I hear someone saying that the vulnerable should just quarantine themselves; I find myself wishing it was that easy. But, it's not. My first example is of the nursing home near me. They locked their doors on March 10th. Since then, the residents are only allowed to leave if they need medical attention that can't be provided there, if they are completely removed from the facility by the family, or if they die.
With the exception of end-of-life cases, no visitors were allowed until June when they finally made arrangements for outdoor visits where two family members could visit a resident once a week for 20 minutes. Those visits were closely monitored by a staff member to insure that face masks were worn and social distancing was done. I don't know what they will be doing now that cooler weather is coming, but I'm hoping that they could at least come up with something like what I've seen on TV where a prisoner sits on one side of a plexiglass wall and can communicate via phone with the visitor on the other side.
Since the residents of this and most nursing homes are primarily the elderly, there will be the Gov. Coumo's of the world who will just look away which is why I'm going to give you my second example. It's the story of my granddaughter who is among the vulnerable due to her need to take anti-rejection meds. I don't think that anyone would consider a five-year old to be someone who has already had a full life.
She was removed from school in March and since then has only left her home to go two places. One of those is the hospital because she needs to have periodic blood draws to monitor her system. The other is my home because my husband and I decided to severely limit our interaction with others so as to give her a safe place to go away from her home.
Both of my examples are not quarantines. They would be more comparable to a 7-month lockdown and one that I don't see ending anytime soon. This isn't their fault. My granddaughter was born with a rare disease. The elderly only did what many of us may do which is to grow older which often brings health problems with it.
It also isn't the fault of anyone else which is why I am an advocate for cautiously opening up things. Too many people have already suffered financially, mentally, and physically from the shutdowns. People need to work. They need to feel productive. They need to be able to socialize with others. Children need to be in school and participating in other activities with their peers.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I too often sense a lack of compassion. A lack of compassion for the most vulnerable and a lack of compassion for those who just want to pick up whatever is left of their lives and move forward. That makes me sad because I don't think this is due to people not caring for others, but more an indication of how those playing political games with COVID have affected our thinking.
I’ve seen examples of parents taking the kids over to see Grammie and Grandpa. When they get to the house they go to the front storm door or a driveway window and interact thru the glass. Play in the yard for them to see. Ride a bike in a driveway. Make the best of it. Ideal? No. But the kid gets to LIVE, they are all safe, and transmission is not possible.
If I were in that spot I’d want it no other way, other than spending a great deal of time outdoors in super isolated remote natural beauty areas.