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.
Step Up And Be Better
Back to showing our appreciation, if we truly mean what we say, let us show our Essentials that we are capable of changing and making heroic sacrifices. Let us show the world we are one America, united and strong.
We have to stop racial shaming & hate crimes. It is offensive and demeaning. Many of our Healthcare Providers are Chinese Americans and Chinese-looking Asians who maybe our last lifeline when gasping for air dying in hospitals and emergency rooms.
We can continue to blame China for not telling us early on about the virus or what’s truly happening in their country or we can focus on our own country and save those we can.
It is no longer called the Wuhan Virus or Chinese Virus. It is now the New Coronavirus or COVID-19 and it’s infecting and killing people aggressively in global proportions.
COVID-19 doesn’t know superpowers, red tape or politics. It doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t slow down whether the climate is hot or cold. It is serious in its pursuit for sickness and death.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
June 1, 2020, California reopened not with excitement but with sadness and mourning. Anti-Racism protest for the death of George Floyd from police brutality fueled a spark that spread like wildfire across the country because of years of Racism, Injustice and Inequality. Racism shouldn’t happen in the Land of the Free, but it does frequently.
Minorities, Immigrants, all kinds of Ethnicities joined hands and walked the streets for their voices to be heard. People are shouting, “Enough is enough, Justice for George Floyd, Black Lives Matter!”
All forms of Racism, discrimination and oppression needs to stop.
The violence, vandalism and looting however has to end because it is only causing more pain, anger and division to a country that’s already hurting.
EVERYONE IS VULNERABLE
Healthy adults in their 30’s to 40’s without risk factors had been placed in ventilators or died within 2 weeks of infection and no one can explain why.
No more ambivalence, confusion or indecisiveness. We need to choose between Being Happy or Being Alive. We need to choose between Saving Money or Saving Lives.
Today, we get to be heroes not the villains in our story for human survival.
Together we can heal, recover and defeat a common enemy, COVID-19.
STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY ALIVE.
As we reopen with a widespread COVID-19 infection, we need to urgently adapt to our new normal with a new lifestyle that ensures our safety and survival.
We all need to STAY HOME.
Having fun can wait when this is over. We stay away from crowded places and public areas with high chances for infection. Most are thinking the same thing, to go out and do what they used to love doing. No exposure, no infection. Ask our doctors for telephone or virtual appointments. Ask for mail medicine deliveries from our pharmacies. Every little caution makes a big difference.
We can’t be off guard. We can’t afford to risk it by being complacent.
We all need to STAY SAFE.
Maintain 6-feet Social Distancing and change our Social Behaviors. Practice strict Respiratory Hygiene of covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Wear mask because it only takes seconds for infected COVID-19 droplets to reach our nose, mouth and eyes. Observe frequent hand washing and disinfection.
We all need to STAY ALIVE.
Use the right PPE when in direct contact with a COVID-19 person. Never reuse the N95 when its seal is compromised because our lives depend on it. Boost our Immunity with good sleep and nutritious foods, take Vitamin C and supplements, hydrate , stay active, exercise, lower our stress & anxiety levels. Most of all, pray and take care of one another.
Faith over fear. Light over darkness. God over COVID-19.
Hang on to our Faith because though we walk in the Valley of the Shadow Death we will fear no evil for God is with us.
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!
To all our Government Leaders who are taking COVID-19 seriously, we all thank you for your heroism, hardwork and generosity. We see you. We appreciate you and we will show our appreciation by working and serving with you.
To everyone trying to put an end to COVID-19, thank you.
To all who are supporting and praying for our Essential Frontliners, thank you.
To every Essential Frontliner, know we have a voice. Know our concerns are important. Know our lives matters. Thank you for all that you do.
Dedicated to our Heroes and everyone who died from COVID-19.