Those of us who are older than you are your future. You will become more like us, and realize that, as you, too, grow older.Statistically speaking still, no, younger people are still unaffected. Our death rate isn't spiking from these variants and cases are meaningless at this point. Death rates will crash as the most vulnerable get vaccinated, and cases climb as people no longer feel a moral obligation to protect the elderly. Young people can die from any number of factors, including heart failure, this doesn't make Covid any more frighting. If nature wants you dead, you will be die. Modern medicine can't always save you. Bunkering in my house like a god damn idiot afraid of a Brazilian or UK variant of the China virus is pathetic.
Each store i've been to has dedicated senior hours, however these old fossils still struggle around hanging onto their carts for dear life at 6pm.
But we are not so different from you, either.
One should not so readily dehumanize people, lest one be similarly dehumanized oneself.
It is no less easy to dismiss somebody as just another "know-nothing stupid kid" as it is to dismiss somebody as just an "old fossil".
While I continue to creep into a higher-risk category, I am far from "bunkering in my house". This has hardly altered my life at all, in fact, nor do I intend to let it.
And, while it's nice for shops to offer "dedicated senior hours", I suspect that those times are not particularly popular with most people of any age anyway. I'll shop at "6pm", or right up until Walmart-closing-time, or noon, or whenever I damned well please (which will be rather later than first crack of dawn), thank-you-very much.
I've managed to survive some stuff in the past (real and personal plus impending nuclear doom, impending global freezing doom, and more lately a couple of decades of global warming doom) and do not see this as anything worth overworrying, and I suspect that many of my age and much older think the same way.
And you will too, presuming that you live as long.
"Protecting the elderly" means those in retirement and nursing homes, where they are particularly vulnerable. And that is as it should be. They are still people, and still have (much younger) people who love them and want to have them around for a bit longer.
I understand your concerns, and agree with them. I recognize the damage caused, and yet-to-be-fully-realized, by lockdowns, and am not a fan.
But you might try being a little more diplomatic and empathetic in your posting style...