Folsom(Cooper) has immense symbolic role in this story. Because his name means 'home' and is getting sicker and sicker as it goes, and that many have to work to communicate with home he is acting as the metaphoric image of home.
14 Daily Interactions We Wish Were Like "The Sims" 8. Having a relationship meter.“Oh, I can see by this large red bar that Jessica straight-up hates me. Maybe I won’t go offer her a back rub? No, no. I think I’ll pass.”