Keeping Selves, Loved Ones Safe

Among the most worrisome aspects of the COVID-19 epidemic is the disease’s ability to infect older people who are at most risk from it, despite precautions taken by them and on their behalf by others.

Ohio state Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, went through a bout with the disease in August. Though it was no picnic for him, he at least did not need hospital treatment. His wife and mother-in-law did. Both required treatment twice for dehydration.

And Hoagland’s late father-in-law, though battling other ailments, died two days after being diagnosed with the virus.

How he, his wife and his mother-in-law contracted the disease is a mystery, Hoagland says. During the epidemic, they have left their home only rarely, usually to go to the grocery store. And when they visited his late father-in-law after he had been diagnosed, they wore full suits of protective gear.

Yet somehow — though they took precautions — all three of them contracted COVID-19.

That is reason enough for the rest of us to follow the experts’ recommendations on how to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from being infected by the coronavirus.


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