US nursing home residents are trapped in isolation amid coronavirus. Cards and letters are brightening their days.
Joel Shannon, USA TODAY Published 9:39 p.m. ET March 18, 2020 | Updated 9:41 p.m. ET March 18, 2020CLOSE An epidemiologist answers the biggest questions she’s getting about coronavirus. WochitResidential and retirement facilities across the country are limiting visitations to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, leaving residents to be increasingly isolated. But people are answering the call to brighten residents’ days with cards.”If your children schools are closed and looking for something to keep them busy please consider having them write letters or color pictures and send the to our residents,” reads a Facebook post from St. Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Island, Illinois. Similar requests have come from other facilities, a letter to the editor and even a celebrity.The trend is catching on.The story of a group of siblings who sent cards to nursing home residents made national news this week as more people are taking to social media to share their card-making projects:During this time nursing home residents are not able to have any visitors. I ask that any Frankfort students and others who would like to participate, send cards letting them know we are thinking of them. Add to envelope: ATTENTION ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR. Thank you! Please retweet! pic.twitter.com/LQtfWGzFAw— Chloe Puffinburger (@chloe_puff37) March 17, 2020My girls are being