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Three Elderly Women Move In With Each Other To Self Isolate

Three Elderly Women Move In With Each Other To Self Isolate

When faced with the prospect of months of social isolation, three elderly women decided to bunk up together so they had some company.


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Long-time BFFs Doreen, Dotty and Carol decided they couldn't face all that time alone avoiding coronavirus - so why not form a quarantine club?

The trio are all in their 70s, which means that the government is advising they stay inside for the next 12 weeks.

So, having known each other for more than 40 years, they thought they might as well ride it out together.

The women talked through their self-isolation plans over webcam (Credit: BBC Breakfast)
The women talked through their self-isolation plans over webcam (Credit: BBC Breakfast)
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Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the women - who are all from Salford in Greater Manchester - said they would all spend a week in their own homes in isolation, just to make sure they remained asymptomatic.

Then, so long as they are all fit and healthy, they plan to decide whose house they're going to live in together.

Doreen said that all their properties had the same amount of rooms, but their properties offered different perks.

Dotty and Carol had impressive back gardens where they could exercise and relax (important, of course), whereas she had a front room ("in case we get tetchy with each other"), and, most importantly, a Netflix subscription...

"So we can watch The Crown," she suggested. "I think I'm the winner."

Naturally, they've stocked up on wine too (Credit: BBC Breakfast)
Naturally, they've stocked up on wine too (Credit: BBC Breakfast)

An essential at any sleepover, the women joked that they would have "a supply of wine" in the house too.

Adding that it wouldn't feel right not to accompany each other through the pandemic, Carol said: "We've seen each other through divorces and loss - we go on holiday together, we look after each other.

"We feel sorry for those who are going to be out of work. The cafes are closing, the theatres - we should have been at the theatre on Friday.

"What's going to happen to these people?"

Matt Hancock said all over 70's may soon have to stay in (Credit: BBC Breakfast)
Matt Hancock said all over 70's may soon have to stay in (Credit: BBC Breakfast)

This sweet story comes as the UK's Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that people over the age of 70 will soon be asked to self-isolate for up to four months in a bid to ensure they're protected from COVID-19.

It comes as scientists discovered the mortality rate of the virus for those in their 70s is around eight per cent - soaring to 15 per cent for people over 80.

Perhaps everyone staying at home right now should take some advice from Carol, Doreen and Dotty.

Things may look bleak, but if you've The Crown to binge-watch and copious wine, you'll be just fine...

Featured Image Credit: BBC Breakfast

Topics: Real, coronavirus

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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