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Separated by the pandemic, families face a difficult question: When will I see you again?

Original post made on Oct 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to quash expectations of when life might return to normal, some residents said they worry when -- or if -- they will ever see their loved ones in person again.

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Posted by rsmithjr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 30, 2020 at 10:04 am

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Hey Weekly, great article!

May I suggest that you have some way for people to submit their own similar stories about how to live safely and enjoy it! Our new grandson was born in May and we haven't been able to touch him yet. But we have weekly gatherings outside with everyone masked and 12 feet apart. So we get to see him at least.

The trick is to enjoy what you can do safely and not think too much about the details that you have to omit.


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Posted by NanaDi
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 30, 2020 at 11:02 am

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What a touching story! I wish MaryAnn many healthy and happy years with her wonderful, loving Family! The Daughters are an Inspiration!!


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Posted by NeilsonBuchanan
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 30, 2020 at 2:11 pm

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Excellent article touching on social well-being in such positive context. Too much of the news is not balanced for the sacrifices necessary for holistic health in the Covid era. It isn't easy to convey the "clinical" precautions necessary to keep higher risk individuals and their family units safe and well.


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Posted by Live Life
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 30, 2020 at 3:19 pm

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@ "Even his wife's parents who live in town can't hold their new granddaughter, he said."

All of these precautions are absurd. Children not hugging grandparents. Grandparents not seeing newborns. Covid is here to stay. Learn to live with it in a sustainable healthy fashion. The damage in not interacting with family, isolating seniors, far far outweighs the risks. Ridiculous fear induced isolation that is unwarranted. This article should've mentioned the downsides of keeping seniors isolated. It's literally killing seniors. NBC News:
"The hidden Covid-19 health crisis: Elderly people are dying from isolation."
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Article excerpt:
“The isolation is robbing them of whatever good days they have left — it accelerates the aging process,” Joshua Uy, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, said. “We’ve locked these older adults in their rooms in the name of safety without thinking about the unintended consequences here,” Grabowski said. “In many respects, the side effects are worse than the potential harm of a slightly higher risk of infection.” .... said David Grabowski, a health policy professor at Harvard Medical School, who recently served on an independent federal commission that recommended expanding in-person visitation at long-term care facilities."


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Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Oct 31, 2020 at 8:38 pm

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Live Life:

The story does mention the effects of isolation on the elderly in the section about the Halliburton family:

“ During prior quarantines at The Sequoias, she knew that frailer seniors often declined due to isolation, including her mother.

"I saw that even with short quarantining what they would do to her," she said, noting her mother is an extrovert. "Personally and professionally, I had a bad feeling."

Starting about June or July, she saw a marked decline in her mother. Her geriatricians at Palo Alto Medical Foundation "are all saying the same thing about their clients. They're seeing a massive decline and people passing away. ... They think nobody cares," she said.”


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 1, 2020 at 2:56 pm

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There is an old Buddhist saying..."out of the mud grows the lotus."

Though Covid-19 SIP mandates will have impacts & limitations on 'in person' gatherings during the upcoming holiday season, there are some inherent blessings...

Not having to listen to political debates/arguments among relatives, enduring their kids running roughshod all over the house & breaking stuff, in-house intoxication, eruptions of latent family squabbles etc. & perhaps best of all...not having to 'set-up', prepare a massive meal & then having to clean up the resultant kitchen & household mess.

Zoom or Skype will suffice for 2020...and that's needed to extend a fond farewell is closing the laptop.


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