ROTHENBURGER – 13 things seniors know about COVID-19 that you don’t

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I don’t mean the personality flaws others might see. I’m talking about diagnosed chronic medical conditions. I know there are 13 because one of them is insomnia (from which I’ve suffered for years despite sleep clinics and all the rest of it) and instead of counting sheep at 3:30 in the morning I did some different arithmetic.

It didn’t work any better than sheep and by 6 a.m. I was still awake, at which time I had to get out of the sack and begin the day. I’m not at my best in the mornings and lack of sleep is one reason why.

But perhaps I digress. I’m not a hypochondriac because I have enough things already without looking for more. None of the 13 is terminal. Several of them are little more than irritations. A couple have virtually no symptoms at all and I seldom even think about them. There are one or two mysteries among them, confirmed but not explained by modern medicine. Still one or two others stand a good chance of catching up with me if I live long enough.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – 13 things seniors know about COVID-19 that you don’t

  1. Sean McGuinness // December 18, 2021 at 12:41 PM // Reply

    Ideally one would want to live in a society where people protect the most vulnerable. I believe the NYT recently reported that something like 1 in 100 older Americans have died of Covid. In the US. there are still more than 1,000 people succumbing to the disease each day.

    We’ve cancelled our int’l travel plans, a hard pill to swallow considering the recent weather.
    But if it might save a life, it’s worth it.

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