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Melvin B. Miller

America is often thought of as a place for the young. It has required youthful energy to build cities and industries on its vast lands. Even though the elderly perished at a younger age than is now common, their efforts were often well appreciated. But it seems now that as the elderly become less productive, their traditional role in preserving the nation’s history and culture is less appreciated. There is no great concern that their longevity is being diminished by Covid-19.

It has been known that older people are more susceptible to Covid, yet there has been limited effort to protect the elderly. Now that the death toll from Covid has reached 800,000, an analysis of the data indicates that three-quarters of those who perished were 65 or older. The rate of death from the virus for those over 65 is one in every 100. According to the New York Times analysis, the death rate for those younger than 65 is one in 1,400, a much lower hazard.

President Biden provided free vaccinations for everyone, and he organized a campaign to enable everyone to be inoculated. Scientific results are that even those who become infected with Covid-19 after vaccination are protected from serious illness. And there is little evidence of anyone becoming ill from the vaccine.

Officials have stated repeatedly that everyone should be vaccinated to protect themselves or to protect others. Despite this warning, one of every 100 elderly Americans have died from Covid. It does appear from the evidence that there is limited concern in America for the welfare of the old folks.

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