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Discussion => From the Tailgate to the Concession Stand => Topic started by: klg14 on March 26, 2020, 09:33:03 PM

Title: Defeating the Pandemic Means Confronting Ageism and Ableism (Op-Ed)
Post by: klg14 on March 26, 2020, 09:33:03 PM
We olders are more at risk from COVID-19. That’s biology, not bias. Our immune systems are weaker, our lungs less elastic and we’re more likely to have underlying conditions — such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes — that make us more vulnerable to other illnesses and slower to recover.

This doesn’t mean that the day someone turns 65, they’re at higher risk. It also says very little about what any given individual is up against when it comes to getting sick or getting better. Underlying health plays a much bigger role than age does. And while older people do have more health issues, plenty are in excellent health and plenty of young people are immune-suppressed and/or live with chronic disease.