Phone pals? For UC Irvine med and nursing students, and older people dodging the virus, a call can be a lifeline

The old lady and the young man were strangers until early April, when they became phone pals. And while they might seem like an odd couple, they are among dozens of inter-generational telephonic matches made over the past few months that pair 20-something medical and nursing students at UCI with senior citizens in Orange County via a program for older adults who are isolated out of precaution.