Surpassing 500,000 deaths worldwide with more than 10 million confirmed cases, the terror of COVID-19 continues as the world reopens with the pandemic still out of control.
Among the dead are Nurses, Doctors, EMS personnels, Police Officers, Cashiers, Store Workers, all kinds of Essentials in the Front Lines. How do we honor their sacrifice and memory?
Warning: Truth Is Uncomfortable
When we say, “We appreciate you,” Do we truly mean them? When we say, “Don’t worry. You’ll be okay.” Will they be really?” Words without actions don’t mean anything if we don’t show our Essentials who are putting their lives at stake or everyone forced into shutdown and unemployment because of the lockdown.
Appreciation Through Kindness and Change
Whether we believe COVID-19 is a threat to our survival or an exaggeration, what matters is we did our best to do our part and shared our truth. That truth may just save us or someone else’s life.
Please remember our names. Learn from our stories. Make our sacrifice mean something by changing and being kind to one another.
Don’t Panic, You’re A Healthcare Worker. Healthcare Workers in the Front Lines warned us then and now of what they are seeing clinically, an infectious deadly virus quickly adapting to our social behaviors and lifestyle.
We call them heroes but our heroes are tired and frustrated as many continue to be insensitive and selfish.
The pattern of recklessness and defiance will create a ripple of deadly COVID-19 surges.
Truth, Essential Frontliners are getting sick, some have died because they are not protected enough with an N95 mask,
Truth, Frontliners are scared and concerned only they hide it well. They are conditioned to show courage and calmness during times of crisis and panic.
Frontliners are expected to save and not be saved. People forget, even Frontliners themselves that they’re just human. They don’t have immunity to protect them from the virus. Frequent exposure makes them vulnerable.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE
Exceeding 2.5 million confirmed cases with more than 125,000 COVID-19 deaths, U.S.A. consistently tops global pandemic. The country accounts for almost 1/4 of the planet’s positive cases with an average of 20,000 new cases and 1,000 new deaths per day.
The worst continues.
We prayed for more time but prayer alone is no longer enough with reopening. We need to work harder to make things better.
If there is one important lesson we’ve learned from our first unsuccessful attempt in Flattening The Curve of COVID-19 is that we can not allow another outbreak like in New York happen.
According to John Hopkin’s University COVID-19 Daily Tracker to date 31,397 New Yorkers have died and still rising. State of New York’s 392,539 infected is bigger than the entire country of Italy or United Kingdom.
What’s happening behind every healthcare facility is more terrifying than the news or what our government is telling. It is not fine. We are not okay. We have no control of the unpredictable variables. It’s not ending soon nor we got this yet.
White House officials initially projected 100,000-240,000 death from Coronavirus in the U.S.
Recent update projected double those numbers with reopening as the virus remains uncontrolled. Seems unreal, but last May 27,2020, America woke up with its first projected 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. While we were sleeping, people kept dying.
There’s no cure. No vaccine. The virus is learning, changing, mutating.
We can no longer be indifferent to those who lost their lives. We can no longer be lacking empathy to those who are grieving or fighting for their lives. We can no longer not care to those who lost their job or business.
A friend from Texas called my wife sounding concerned, “Our hospital told us we can go to work even if we’re positive for COVID-19 as long as we have no symptoms. We are told not to wear N95, just nurses that works at ICU.”
If this is the thinking and practice of some healthcare facilities, they will be responsible for infecting their own staff and patients with COVID-19.
THE SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 SURGE IS COMING THIS SUMMER.
It only takes one day of lifting the Shelter-in-Place for the next wave of COVID-19 outbreak to resurface. 1-2 months after, we will experience the emergence of the second surge of COVID-19 new cases.
Imminent next Fall to Winter, as Flu season coincides with the pandemic is the Third COVID-19 Wave, the longest and hardest of them all . By then, many of our Essentials and Healthcare Workers will be sick, our Medical Resources depleted and hospitals in maximum capacity resulting to massive deaths.
Strict National Lockdown similar to Italy will happen as a last recourse to contain the pandemic. The government will be forced to choose between freedom or survival of its people.
U.S. top medical expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warns, “If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back.” He is not wrong.
Healthcare workers and experts fears the Quiet before the second COVID-19 Storm has already began and the events that will follow had been set in motion.
Gamble and Players
As Governors address the growing pressure and anxiety of restarting the economy, they are placed in a difficult position to gamble on reopening. They know the risk of infection is high but it’s a gamble they are willing to take as people need to work to survive. They need our support and help more than ever in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
We all have important roles to play and we need to play them well.
What Needs to Change? Our Attitude.
Truth, many asymptomatic carriers both aware and unaware they are infectious walks among us.
Truth, infected person speaking in ordinary voice spreads respiratory droplets that can remain in the air for 8 minutes.
Truth, COVID-19 manifestations are expanding from the typical fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath to headache, scratchy throat, night sweats, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell, taste and appetite, dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness, Stroke, Pulmonary Embolism, red/purple swelling or rash of toes.
STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY ALIVE.
My son told me one day of what he knows about the New Coronavirus. He simply said, “Dad, it’s population control.” If we allow it to take its course without a fight, he is not wrong but if we unite together to put an end to COVID-19, we do have a fighting chance.
We Are Real People, Not Numbers.
To all our employers , the CEO’s, people with power and connections to make things happen, our lives are worth more than the cost of PPE’s and antiseptics.
OUR LIVES MATTER!