Poignant image shows grandad touching grandson’s hand through window

This poignant photograph captures how coronavirus has split families apart as many of us self-isolate.

Vivian Mallon, at 74, is following government guidelines for pensioners to self-isolate for months following the Covid-19 pandemic.

But like most weekends, he still visited family in Dungannon, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland yesterday.

However, the pensioner was only able to greet five-year-old grandson Davin through the window.

And Davin’s mum took this touching picture seen exclusively by Mirror Online. In it, the pair smile warmly at each other and the youngster reaches out his hand.

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Vivian gives his grandson an adorable high-five on the glass of the window.

Grandparents in the same situation shared their distress online today. Some posted similar photos.

Others shared their ways to manage the boredom. Some relatives have made their elderly loved ones gifts, such as pieces of artwork.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are:

  • a dry, persistent cough
  • a fever

If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate yourself for seven days.

It is not necessary to call NHS 111 unless your symptoms get more severe.

Some patients have reported fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath and aches and pains. Sneezing is not a symptom of the coronavirus.

“Self isolating so can't see my children or grandchildren today (although some of them are in isolation, too), nor can I see my mum.

“Was cheered up no end by this lovely gift from my daughter. Whovians will understand. #DoctorWho,” wrote one woman.

Another posted: “Told my mum that when I’m self-isolating for 14 days I’ll be starting a knitting project I meant to start two years ago and finishing learning Welsh on Duo Lingo. ‘No you won’t’, she says, ‘you’ll be tidying up the house’. Can’t wait for this.”

One woman posted: “I really do miss my grandchildren in these difficult times.”

But pensioners were asked to stay at home after measures discussed various measures earlier this month.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries said: “We may in the future recommend certain measures, such as working from home or asking more vulnerable people to stay at home.”

Figures show there's a heightened chance older people will fall seriously ill from COVID-19 with the virus proving fatal for eight percent of patients in their 70s, as well as 14 percent for those in their 80s.

Younger people have a much better chance of successfully fighting off the deadly disease, with the mortality rate only hitting one percent for those in their 50s, while kids have a close to zero per cent chance of dying.

But with people likely having to take time off from work to look after their elderly relatives should they be told to stay at home, there could be a damaging knock on effect for the economy.

However, Dr Harries has emphasised each decision made by the Government in relation to the outbreak will be done so only if it is backed by science.

“We must carefully balance social and economic costs against clinical effectiveness and the need to keep people safe," she said.

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