Everyday Ageism: FEMAIL columnist CHRISTA D’SOUZA discusses whether the elderly are Covid superspreaders
- Christa D’Souza discusses a study suggesting the elderly are superspreaders
- The study says the elderly are more likely to exhale more infectious particles
- The UK-based columnist speaks about the elderly being given the vaccine first
It’s the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail’s had enough. It’s time we called out those day-to-day moments when we’re patronised for no longer being young…
Christa D’Souza (pictured) discusses a study reporting that the old and the obese are more likely to exhale more infectious aerosol particles than those who are younger and thinner
So, then. More fuel for the ageist fire. Apparently the real superspreaders of the virus are the elderly (the elderly and the obese).
In a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences it was reported that the old (and the fat) are more likely to be among the group who exhale more of those infectious particles than those of us who are younger (and thinner). Up to a 1,000 times more when they breathe out, says the study.
Meanwhile, yet another new mutant strain that weakens the vaccine has been found in Britain. I don’t want to be gloom and doom when there is so much good news around. And there really is light, finally, at the end of the tunnel.
Nor trigger those who already feel resentful that the tier system is weighted so heavily in the elderly’s favour.
But perhaps you have already come across some of the memes: #boomerremover, anyone? Or what about #coffindodger?
I worry that even as we are nearing the end of lockdown, it’s the old, though they were vaccinated first, who will be the very last to venture out.
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