Senior citizens feeling ‘blamed’ for coronavirus

{KARE 11, March 30, 2020] Larry Struck knows he’s not your typical 71-year-old with extra active lifestyle, but as a citizen of the senior-sort, he knows he’s kind of in the bullseye right now. There’s been no shortage of news stories talking about how COVID-19 is affecting our older population more adversely. That, Larry worries, is drawing some unwarranted anger.

“It sometimes can be a short step between viewing the victims of something as becoming the cause or the reason and the reason to blame,” he said. “I’m not saying this is a major social issue, but as time goes on, it could be.”

Dr. Emily Downing with Allina Health agrees. She says now is not the time to point fingers, but instead to wash hands, and help out our most vulnerable.

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