Just hearing the word “isolation” brings Karen Schams to tears.
Schams, 70, lives alone in Ashland. When the pandemic struck, her daughters were immediately concerned and asked her to stay home. That meant no more weekend trips to visit her grandchildren, no more hugging her grandson.
“He’s not a phone talker,” Schams said. “As he runs past his mom, he’ll holler he loves me or something, but you know, he’s a boy, 7 years old. So if I get that much out of him, I’m happy.”
Her friends know the virus scares her, so Schams doesn’t get any in-person visitors. She does see her neighbors, meeting to chat across a fence on her 4 acres of land.