Deirdre Heenan: The ugly truth of ageism has been laid bare by Covid-19

The idea that the deaths of elderly people are to be expected is one of the most pernicious beliefs to have taken hold during this nightmare

3rd May, 2020
Deirdre Heenan: The ugly truth of ageism has been laid bare by Covid-19
At the outset of the health emergency, it was fairly commonplace to see blasé, breezy reports suggesting that we shouldn’t get too alarmed

Imagine for just a moment if children were particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. If you were tuning in daily for the latest death toll of children. If 100s of children were dying every day and globally over 300,000 had already lost their lives.

If your reaction to this scenario is significantly different than from your current view of the disease, then it might be time to reflect on how deeply ageism is embedded in the national psyche.

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