Published: April 30, 2020

Ronica Rooks, Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences,  is concerned that easing off on stay-at-home orders will make people less vigilant about, for example, wearing protective gear while interacting with older adults. She said older people should continue to practice social distancing for their physical health. “But I’m also concerned that with less social interaction, older adults will become socially isolated, and possibly depressed, which could weaken their immune systems, worsen any existing chronic conditions, and make them more susceptible to COVID-19,” said Rooks, whose research focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in adults’ health conditions.

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