Coronavirus: When elderly parents want to carry on socialising
By Tara McKelveyBBC News, Washington
"Many people have elderly parents, grandparents or neighbours who are part of the older demographic hit hardest by coronavirus. But what if they prefer to ignore the risks and don't want to stay in?
The irony is not lost on Prior, 55, who lives next door to her mother and father in Amherst, Virginia. Like many others who have elderly parents, she is doing her best to keep them safe from coronavirus - even when they seem sceptical about the dangers.
People of all ages can be infected by the virus. But it is especially dangerous for older people. Less than 1% of patients under the age of 50 died with the coronavirus disease in China, according to the New York Times. But it was fatal for nearly 15% of those who were over the age of 80.
Prior says that her mother seemed a bit flippant about the disease, saying that she never got the flu. So Prior had "the talk", as she put it, with her mother and her father several days ago. She told them about the danger of the virus and explained the recommendations from health experts and those who specialise in infectious diseases - elderly people should stay home."
In resume there are several problems with this:
- Some older people prefer the risk to being "locked"
- Some are not fully aware of the risk
- Some will just be "stubborn"
- Some are alone
- Some have little access to information which is the point that I propose to work on.