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During heat wave check in on the elderly, infirmed

When we have a heat wave, it’s always important to check on those who might be at risk: the elderly — especially those living alone and without air conditioning — and those with health conditions.

The same is true now. Yes, we are getting a bit of a break this weekend. But next week’s forecast includes another warm up. We have had our share of 90-plus degree days including near 100 degree heat indexes. And it appears the virus isn’t going anywhere soon. Nor the heat.

We do want to remind people checking in on the elderly or the sick to remember that these folks are those most susceptible to the effects of COVID-19. You have read and heard the virus impact statistics. The virus preys upon the weak and feeble.

So, please wear a mask whenever you are around an elderly person or the physically compromised. Run errands. Provide them some company. Loneliness can be a disease unto itself.

Help them as needed, but try to do so in a responsible way that doesn’t endanger them any further. Start with a phone call rather than an in-person visit. If you must be face-to-face try to keep distance between you and make sure you’re both wearing masks, unless a health condition prohibits it.

During the harsh wintertime months, we have always encouraged residents to check in on the elderly and infirmed. Now it’s the climate flip side. Heat is an immediate concern and it can be deadly. But we can’t afford to drop our guard against other threats such as the virus.

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