Even before coronavirus, many older people felt isolated. Now the elderly are being encouraged to remove themselves from the community completely.
So, what’s it like to be an older Australian and know the potential consequences of contracting coronavirus? To spend your days entirely alone?
In the UK, it’s been suggested that anyone over 70 should remain in isolation, even as the rest of us begin to venture out. In Australia, the debate is increasingly being framed as a balancing act between protecting the economy and protecting elderly lives.
But although there’s been a lot of discussion about older people, we very rarely hear from them in the media. (After all, few of them are on Twitter.)
We spoke to four women about how they’re handling social isolation and how coronavirus compares to the other challenges they have experienced in their lives.