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I grew up next door to my grandma and two aunts, in a very close family.
when I was 5, my aunt, who was in her twenties, disappeared and no one would explain.
she spent the next three and a half years in the Chicago tuberculosis sanitarium.

My grandmothers brother was the only one in the family with a car, and in the early fifties he drove the family from the far south side to the distant north side to stand outside the iron gates and visit her from a safe distance.
when she was released, I remember my grandma explaining we were never to touch her towels, her dishes, etc. she slept with windows open, even on the coldest nights.
for at least five years, our family had to undergo frequent chest xrays And other tests. Two of my sisters and I have all developed thyroid cancer.
we never talked about that time, but when she was much older she angrily mentioned that she was incorrectly diagnosed.
I bring this up became the question of the government and shelter in place, which is nothing compared to my aunts experience.
I was also shocked to discover my youngest sister, who is ten years younger than I, knew nothing about this.
in 1974 the sanitarium shut down. I was watching the news, and when that building was shown, I burst into tears. I remembered standing outside the gates for a glimpse of my dear aunt.
 

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I am so sorry! I'm too young to remember the serious consequences of TB. And, only grew up hearing stories about Polio and those scares.

Here's one thing I do not understand about the present situation: is there much effort to talk about those most vulnerable to this virus? I don't feel that is being discussed enough in an honest fashion. Think of any cause of death - there are always subsets of the population who will be more severely impacted. It's not random.

I do remember the early years of AIDS and friends who died from it. I have already lost friends to CV, yet some are recovering too! We are learning how to treat this. That's what we didn't know early March or even a month ago.
 

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yes, the situation with nursing homes has a resemblance.
We can "visit" with my mother thru the glass and video "facetime' but actual physical visiting is prohibited
 

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I can remember TB and Polio in the early 1950. They were both bad news for families.
 

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I can remember TB and Polio in the early 1950. They were both bad news for families.
remember the pools and parks being closed. I remember a woman in the neighborhood trying to warn everyone not to take the polio vaccine. The twin to the aunt I mentioned had polio
 
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