Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 2 June 2020

Coronavirus: we need to think about the people over 60 who are inconvenienced

Our readers have their say on the everyday problems faced by seniors, people not wearing masks and the name of Elon Musk's child

Members of the Golden Age group take part in a quilling session at Costa Cafe on Jumeirah Beach Road as part of the Alzheimer’s Cafe initiative, August 2019, Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National
Members of the Golden Age group take part in a quilling session at Costa Cafe on Jumeirah Beach Road as part of the Alzheimer’s Cafe initiative, August 2019, Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National

In reference to Kareem Shaheen's op-ed Coronavirus: Elderly dying alone in Western care homes deserve a lot more dignity” (May 6). The health, spirits and morale of the elderly in the current Covid-19 needs attention. Most countries have issued advisories that those above the age of 60 or 65 should stay indoors. However, many seniors stay alone and need to be able to go out for groceries and so on. They might need help with shopping and housekeeping. Many apartment blocks have closed or restricted entry of part-time maids. These citizens need assistance. Being alone can become dispiriting and lonely.

A society that does not care for its elders does not have the right values. Seniors too, have contributed to building our countries and this world, in their younger years when they had more stamina or energy. Now that they need help we cannot turn our back towards them.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Your face mask is not meant for the chin

With regard to the your report Coronavirus: Public told to wear masks at all times (April 4): I want to thank my fellow residents and citizens of the UAE, those who continue to care enough about others to follow the government’s guidelines to wear masks, maintain socially distance and remain in small groups when outdoors.

Each evening my husband and I attempt to enjoy a short walk along Al Jadaf Waterfront boardwalk. We don our masks understanding that to do so we are protecting others; it is hot, sticky and unpleasant but as we want to go outside we obey the rules. We do so because one day, not too far from now, we want to be able to travel again and see our families. The longer this goes on the further way that is. As a mother this pain is increasing.

Each evening we are faced with about 70 per cent of fellow “outsiders” failing to wear masks on their faces. If they have them they are under their chins, walking in groups and spreading across the width of the boardwalk, sitting and chatting in groups and blocking pathways.

Each day we’ve noticed large numbers of dog walkers, runners, people exercising with personal trainers and cyclists who appear to believe they are safe without masks.

Funnily enough we’ve also noticed that everyone wears masks in the shopping mall, proving that the rule is known, understood and obeyed when enforced. Pity such large numbers are unable to work together for the greater good when they believe they can get away with it.

I’m just a mum, daughter, sister, niece, auntie, friend, who wants to live in a world that works for the good of all. I don’t make the rules, I just follow them. Please do the same.

In simple terms, if you want to exercise without the masks, stay home.

Together we are stronger and by taking actions required by the government we can get the results we surely all desire.

Kim Smith, Dubai

What's in a name? The travails of being a billionaire child

With regard to Farah Andrews's piece Elon Musk and Grimes reveal how to pronounce baby's name X Æ A-12 and what it means (May 8): I feel bad for this poor kid. Life’s tough enough.

Gillian Watson, Manila, Philippines

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Updated: May 10, 2020 09:42 AM

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