Cocooning – more harm than good?


Sir, – William Reville summed up the cocooning issue expertly and powerfully (“Blanket cocooning for over-70s has done more harm than good”, Science, May 21st).

Thank God for him and for science, reason and wisdom. – Yours, etc,



Co Meath.

Sir, –Spending five weeks of our lives cocooning hardly presented a threat to our “emotional and mental resilience”, as William Reville claims. The reclaiming of autonomy, unhindered by outside influences, was clearly demonstrated by a conscious and informed decision to protect not only ourselves, but others. – Yours, etc,




Co Dublin.

Sir, – I am in the over-70s age category and glad and thankful that I do not at all feel drained of my resilience after many weeks of cocooning.

While Prof Reville, has, I’m sure, the best of intentions, and I thank him for his concern, this generalised way of speaking about my particular age group is, for me at least, quite unhelpful. – Yours, etc,


Dublin 24.