When Kyle King heard his grandmother had stopped eating, his first instinct was to book a flight to Tennessee. King lives in Berkeley, but he grew up in Greeneville, Tenn., a “beautiful but economically depressed” town known for its abundant churches and as the home of President Andrew Johnson. King’s paternal grandmother, Jean, was an important influence on his childhood there, a high school guidance counselor who hosted holiday dinners and baked the bread for communion, a “remarkable person with a lot of life.” Now, Jean McAmis was in her late 90s, suffering from dementia, living in hospice care and suddenly refusing to eat or drink. “My first thought was, ‘OK, how can I get out there?’” says King. But traveling home from the Bay Area requires a seven-hour flight, and the idea of bringing the coronavirus to his parents was horrifying. “My dad took the lead and said, ‘We don’t want you to do that. We don’t want you to put yourself at risk.’” For Bay Area residents with relatives nearby, hanging out during the pandemic comes with extra precautions: masked strolls, hugs on hold and backyard dinners with people spaced 6 feet apart. But for those with loved… Read full this story
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