Anthony Russo has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, of how to get out of the coronavirus catastrophe, with 10 suggestions.
Suggestion 9 is to incentivize older people to stay home, probably until there is a vaccine.
It is not true that younger adults are safe from the virus. It’s true that many younger adults show few symptoms and have a quick and robust antibody response. But some have developed the severe autoimmune M-CIS later. A few have had blood clots. And a few have indeed died, and others have had long periods on ventilators.
On the other hand, many young adults who went to beach parties and then protested in the last week are likely to develop antibody but very little illness from light exposure.
I stayed home last night, tracking two good friends separately covering DC’s violent protests (as independent journalists), telling them where new activity was, on Twitter, as reported on a local TV station. One of them got an eye injury and had to stop. I reported that to the local TV station but he seeks OK today.
It is true that seniors who stay home can sometimes coordinate volunteers or others active at events in crowds with social media.
But it is not acceptable to exclude people from public just based on age.
Picture from DC riots, May 30, Wikipedia, click for CCSA photographer attribution