“We’ve seen a lot of older people, and they’re all trying to buy groceries and a lot of places have ran out of stuff, and so the older people are kind of taking the downfall for that. I just try to give back when I can.”
A 17 year old woman named Elizabeth Taylor has received attention and acclaim for her kindness. She was working as a cashier at the Fresh n’ Low supermarket in Georgetown, Tennessee when a senior citizen named Layne McKeel came to her register. He had just picked up his disability check before heading to the grocery store for food and supplies. After Elizabeth rang him up, he discovered that he was $33 short. He was going to put items back but Elizabeth stopped him.
“It was all essential stuff so I was just like… you know… and he was like ‘what do I owe you?’ And I was like no, it’s fine, I’ll take care of it, it’s okay,” Elizabeth recalled to WRCB.
She paid the entire $173 grocery bill.
Senior citizens are among the groups most affected by the coronavirus. Aside from the difficulties they often have getting essential supplies during times of quarantine, they're among the most at-risk for contracting the illness.
"The data coming out of China continues to say that the people who are at higher risk for severe disease and death are those who are older and with underlying health conditions,” Nancy Messonnier, M.D., director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a press briefing in early February.
"As you get older, your lungs are not as elastic or as resilient as when you're younger. Those kinds of things, coupled with any kind of health issue you might have, trend toward this loss of airway function and respiratory function."