For Older Americans, the Pandemic isn’t Over

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Even with current improvements and updated vaccinations in the latter part of the pandemic, it still poses significant dangers for older Americans. Statistics show that nearly 3/4th of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in people over the age of 65, with the highest casualty among people over the age of 75. Hospitals are also understaffed and they can put older patients at risk even when the conditions originally are successfully treated. With the expiration of mask and vaccination mandates, older adults are left to fend for themselves. While there is political controversy over mandating masks, there can be policies instituted to protect older people without forcing them inside and becoming hermits.

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