Being Retired During COVID-19
by Scott Morrow, President
The Denver Metro Retiree Chapter has numerous members over the age of 80 still enjoying their golden years. This particular demographic is dong the best job in Colorado of staying home and social distancing. We know this because 80+ year old Coloradans’ have by far the lowest infection rate in the State.
Unfortunately, as I write, while only 344 confirmed cases are in the 80+ age group out of Colorado’s 6202 confirmed cases, this demographic is experiencing a 26% mortality rate. While 221 cases did not even require hospitalization, more than one in four cases do require hospitalization and end in the passing of that person. This demographic has by far the highest mortality rate from COVID-19 infection.
Please, stay at home and refrain from having any guests over, including family. I love my grandchildren too, but if you desire some more time in your Golden Years you must be careful. Use the shop and delivery services every community in Colorado offers at no cost to you. The delivery volunteer will leave your groceries and/or prescriptions on the porch or doorstep. Immediately remove the items from the bags or other packaging and discard them. Wash your hands immediately with soapy water for at least 20 seconds and then use a nontoxic hand lotion to keep your skin from drying out. We now know the virus can survive on cardboard for 24 hours and on other surfaces for up to three days.
In Colorado, Retirees aged 70-79, have a 33% hospitalization rate and the mortality for this age group drops dramatically to 9.22%. With age does come wisdom as this demographic is the second lowest cases reported. I’m hopeful that all of you in this age range can practice the same life saving techniques I outlined above for 80+ retirees.
Our retirees aged 60 – 69 are the fourth lowest caseload (right behind 30-39 year olds) for unknown reasons. We should have more horse sense to protect ourselves and our fellow retirees. The hospitalization rate is 27% but the mortality rate drops significantly to less than 3%!
For these reasons the Chapter canceled it’s April 25th meeting at the Union Hall and attempted a virtual meeting. All notices of this type can be read at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Denver-Metro-Retiree-Chapter-252140461608106/.