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The virus of loneliness

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While the corona virus is devastating for life in general, it now comes with a particularly insidious effect.

The corona virus is insidious. Now it is also invidious in the choices that have to be made in aged care in responding to it.

On the one hand, should providers be moving, understandably, to lock down their facilities and to lock out the outside world as a prudent health measure to contain any outbreak or to simply keep it out?

On the other hand, loneliness in aged care is one of the pervading, and even life threatening health conditions a resident can suffer. Any partial or complete exclusion of outsiders (including families) would simply bring on, or exacerbate, that condition for many residents.

I am afraid the Government doesn’t appear to be providing much guidance on this serious quandary but no doubt would be unforgiving if a provider took the apparent wrong choice.

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