Op-Ed

Don't scapegoat older adults by reopening carelessly

By Douglas Parker
The Ojai Valley News editorial on May 1, and a companion letter from Andrew Holguin, both urged a loosening of social-distancing and stay-at-home restrictions. Neither, however, specified just what is to be loosened and how. Those are the difficult questions. Various states across the country are experimenting with loosening such restrictions (and doing so with the encouragement of President Trump, even where their actions conflict with the guidelines of his own administration). At a time, when the death toll is projected to rise steadily over the next several weeks, it seems a particularly questionable moment to proceed with an extensive program of reopening.

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