We hear it all the time these days: “Almost all the people who are dying from the coronavirus are old.” But what is this supposed to mean? Does it mean that younger people don’t need to worry about contracting it? Or does it mean something worse, as in, “Old people really don’t matter”?
As for the first attitude, namely, that younger people need not be concerned about the virus, that is hardly true.
As USA Today reported on March 19, “It’s not just adults 65 and older. Americans of all ages have faced serious health complications amid the new coronavirus outbreak, a federal health report says.
“New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that among the roughly 12% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. known to need hospitalizations, about 1 in 5 were among people ages 20 to 44.”
Even college-age students returning from spring break have tested positive. And, while their risk of serious illness or death is much lower than among the elderly, they are not immune.
As for the elderly, they are truly suffering.
In Italy, the average age of those dying from COVID-19 is over 79 (and almost all had preexisting conditions). And things are now so dire that an Israeli doctor working in northern Italy explained that “the orders are not to allow those over 60 access to respiratory machines.” Better to treat those who have more hope of survival.
In England, two members of London’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community died over the weekend. One was 97, the other 85.
Yes, it is the elderly in particular who are perishing.
But that doesn’t mean that old lives do not matter. To the contrary, from a biblical mentality, it is the elders who should be especially esteemed and honored.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown