If there's one thing we know about Covid-19, it's that if anyone over 65 gets it, he or she will most certainly die. But how can old people avoid getting it, unless they're locked up twenty four hours everyday?

A near relative, about forty, finally got it even though I expected him to get it much earlier. He's one of those useless persons who don't have to worry about earning a living, so he spends most of his days trying to make good Muslims out of those who are not. He regularly attends the annual gathering of such people at Raiwind, near Lahore. So it was only a matter of time before he got sick. His wife (whom I've never seen because she's always covered from head to toe in a black burqa) contracted it first, probably due to the sermons she gave in closed rooms to women who have too many servants and so have a lot of free time on their hands. I'm surprised no one else in the house has been affected, particularly his parents (who are over 70). In fact, his grandmother (my mother-in-law) is 90 and she's the one who is in the greatest danger.

Now I'm in a dilemma. How can I prevent my wife from visiting her ailing mother, knowing that the house may be teeming with the virus? But then, there is nothing that can be done to stop the virus from spreading and infecting others.