COVID-19 Essential Frontliners Our Lives Matter

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?

A spike in Flu cases happened Jan.-Feb. 2020. When we were focusing on China, it was already here. When we were asking international travel history for COVID-19 testing, it was already being spread in our communities. We were delayed and indecisive in our early response and people had to suffer for it.

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.

“I don’t want to die,” was one of her last words. 14 days after saving a man’s life performing CPR without an N95 mask, Celia Marcos died at the very hospital she worked for more than 16 years. ( Full story, L.A. times, 5/10/20)

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.

People avoid eye contact and evade each other. Those not wearing mask cover their face with their shirt as they turn their backs when you pass by.

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.

The crowd was no longer afraid nor listening. The sheriff had to park his patrol car by the beach entrance and personally dispersed the beach gatherings. Memorial Weekend, HWY 1

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.

People keep ignoring the signs.

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.

Never forget what brought it first…traveling!

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.

Not everyone will make it for next year, our Heroes included.

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.

San Francisco and the Bay Area has thousands of Homeless Americans. They were the forgotten during the start of Shelter in Place until one homeless person was found dead at a park due to COVID-19. ( Full story KTVU FOX 2, 3/18/20).

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.

You know it’s bad when you feel safer at work knowing you know what’s coming and what PPE to use to protect yourself than being in public and everyone is a possible infected.

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.

Most streets are empty. Several restaurants try to stay afloat with take-out orders.

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.

His face said it all as he sat on the bench contemplating . Next to him is a bag of everything he owns. Millions were forced to unemployment. Both small and big business are closing. People are scared of being laid off.

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.

March 13, my son’s school closed. 2 weeks later parents received a text, “Students will not return to class till next school year. Classes will be On-line due to COVID-19.”

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.

I’m thankful to work in a medical facility where we are protected with PPE’s and administration taking bold action to keep both patient and staff safe, but not everyone is lucky out there.

THE SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 SURGE IS COMING THIS SUMMER.

Between now and the next surge is time to prepare and be ready.

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.

Must rule inside public buildings: NO MASK, NO ENTRY, NO SERVICE. Public Transportations: NO MASK, NO RIDE. Airlines: NO MASK, NO FLY.

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.

They clean infected surfaces, buildings, streets to keep us safe. When was the last time we said thank you to our Housekeeping and Environmental Service Essentials?

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.

She walked her groceries alone.

We all have important roles to play and we need to play them well.

What Needs to Change? Our Attitude.

DRIVING THRU without stopping or parking respecting social distancing and city laws.

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.

Hundreds of people of all ages visit the roses daily. On weekends it’s packed. Half of the visitors don’t wear mask. 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years old and older.

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.

Empty tables and buildings .

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 shouldn’t be comparing what race in America is more sick with COVID-19 , nor assume all Health-workers, Essentials and Chinese-looking Americans are infected. Don’t call us heroes if it is not meant for all.

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.

Racism is Pandemic. It is infectious and deadly. Unlike COVID-19, it’s curable and can be stopped.

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.

“I See You. I Hear You. I Will Fight With You.”

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!”

I had to walk the streets and be a part of something that is changing humanity and the world. It only took a few minutes to tear up and feel the rawness of the emotions. We will no longer be silence.

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.

It is sad and painful to walk in a deserted city.

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.

The future is how we make it.

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.

Smartphones and social media took away actual human connection until lockdown happened. Suddenly we have all the time in the world for what really matters.

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.

Visit groceries once a week or every 2 weeks. Buy non-perishable goods on line.

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.

No joke! Everyday at work is Day 1 Reset for Essentials. That means for 14 days we monitor ourselves for COVID-19 symptoms and maintain distance from our love ones.

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.

Hard times makes us see clearer our blessings. Spring 2019

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!

Housekeeping and Environmental Service Essentials keep us safe by cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces. Truly see them in our workplace.

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.

The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed millions, most on its second wave. Let us not repeat a tragic history with COVID-19.

Dedicated to our Heroes and everyone who died from COVID-19.

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36 Responses to COVID-19 Essential Frontliners Our Lives Matter

  1. This is an extremely long post.

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    • It has to be. It started when the COVID just started end of Feb through it’s worst and now with reopening . I had to let it go today hoping it could prevent the surges , and people can see through the eyes of someone who sees it everyday . My story is not even comparable for those who are taking care of COVID-19 patients for 12 hours a days, several times a week or people who lost their love ones and can’t even see them during their cremation. We can’t sugar coat something that is truly affecting the lives of millions . Thanks for the comment .

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  2. Shoes says:

    Powerful words and images. The news photo of the two workers wearing masks and holding the banner to show the distance of 6 feet, while masses of people on the beach around them simply ignore – ugh, just awful.
    I have a meeting, via Google Meet, with my grade level (third grade) regarding what the return to school for the coming school year will look like. I simply can’t imagine…

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    • That photo was actually me and my wife the first week Nurses were told to clean COVID-19 contaminated rooms as part of the job. We felt at that time nobody really cares that we are being exposed to biohazards and we take that exposure home to our families, thus the biohazard bag. In time, we got use to it. We do wear PPE’s though which I believe kept me and my co-workers safe. Now, it did become part of the job routine and no longer bother us. We do what is called for during times of sickness and disasters. We’re health workers and this is what we do. I felt very fortunate to have the chance to help and serve people during this pandemic. This is that time to set aside comfort and do something bigger. Thank you for the comment . Regards to your family and take care .

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  3. restlessjo says:

    This is the scariest thing I’ve read in a long time. Thank you for taking the time and the trouble to write it. I pray that you and your family will stay safe.

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    • I’ve seen how it started and now it’s coming back . It scares me because it affects everyone we love. It’s symptoms are from nothing to death. Many don’t take it seriously until they get sick. It’s already here at the beginning of Summer. To you and your family, take care and stay safe . Family and friendship makes a huge difference. Thank you.

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  4. Holly says:

    I am incredibly grateful you wrote this. Your words were powerful, true and sincere. Yes — God over Covid-19. Faith over fear. Love over hate. Unity over division. Kindness over violence. Peace over calamity. Caution over chaos.

    It deeply saddens my heart to see the resurgence of racism in this country. I’m not suggesting it ever went away. What I am saying is that the encouragement toward racist hate has increased and it quite literally makes my blood boil. The color of someone’s skin has ZERO to do with anything other than the pigment of their skin. It has nothing to do with their heart, their motives, their anything. It needs to stop. It is disgusting and inexcusable.

    We do need to be prepared. We need to be in faith, trust God and know that HE IS IS CONTROL. But we also need to protect those who are most vulnerable and genuinely care for those who have been tirelessly taking care of us when we needed them most. Some folks are so ungrateful. My prayers are with everyone affected by this unbelievable tragedy. Everyone’s reality with this pandemic has been different. We need to respect that!

    I am sending my love, prayers and best wishes to you & your family. I am sending the same to everyone on this globe in hopes we can come together and love again. ♥ 🙏🏼

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    • Thank you my friend . Your sharing made my day. It’s easy to feel alone in our battles nowadays with the pandemic , but we have God, family, friends, co-workers, even random strangers who shared kindness and hope. Anyone who experience any form of racism or discrimination whether it’s the color of their skin, how they look, their social status , even the immigration status can totally relate of what’s going on regarding protest . When you see it, here it, you can’t help but tear up because it’s personal for millions of us. God bless to you and your family . Stay safe .

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  5. ashok says:

    Beautiful and insightful post. You seem to be a good person and have a great family. God be with you all.
    Tough times my friend. Am praying for all 🙏🙏

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  6. Great read! I especially liked the – what needs to change – Our attitude. Exactly. And that is the case for everything in life. Wish people would change their attitude when it comes to plastic usage as well. Sigh.

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    • Humanity has to change for the better, both to heal nature , and to heal itself. So we keep trying until our hope comes to reality.

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    • It can disheartening seeing many people going back pre-lockdown attitude and behavior knowing infection is even more than before , but we can’t change some people , only ourselves and just maybe , when they see change in us and others , they will realize what needs to be done to control the pandemic . Thank you for the comment. Stay safe.

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  7. We live in a time in which it’s easy to give up. What happens in the States with both the corona outbreak and the fueled tension caused by racism is very sad. I hope it will turn to the better. It does indeed all come down to attitude, towards what is going on around us, as well toward ourselves.

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  8. Rekha Sahay says:

    very detailed post, full of informations.

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    • There’s more we still don’t know about the Coronavirus. For one, why other countries have higher fatality rates and positives than others. Is it genetics, behavior or under reporting the truth . Why China where began has less than 5,000 deaths , & less than 90,000 positives whereas U.S., Brazil, UK, Spain and Italy have massive numbers for both. Doesn’t seem to make sense. Thanks for the comment.

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  9. Kally says:

    Great read. Well written with a lot of detailed information.

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  10. Muralikrish says:

    Detailed report. Nice.👌

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    • Nothing much to do during the Lockdown but document the daily events. Was reading news today, the second surge is already emerging and we’re only on phase 2 reopening. It is very important to remind each other of the lessons we’ve learned from the lockdown. People don’t realize most hospitals impacted has not recovered yet in terms of resources and supplies . The truth is not really out there . Where I work, we’re preparing already for what’s to come Winter. Take care, stay safe. Thanks.

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  11. David J OBrien says:

    Very Good Life Views, we enjoy your photos also. It feels like we are at the places you have been, as we sit here in isolation, waiting for a vaccine or miracle. Stay Safe 🙏

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    • Traveling won’t be happening this year as it was the very reason COVID reached our land. So , traveling will be virtual through the experience of other bloggers. Yes, praying for a vaccine and miracle as well. Faith over COVID19. Thank you and stay safe.

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  12. Halbarbera says:

    Loaded with information:

    The good, the bad and the ugly!

    Luckily, I live in a retirement community where they normally practice ‘antisocial’ distancing!

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    • The pandemic brought the worst and the best in us all. It created a clear distinction between those that truly cares and those who don’t. If only more people will tell the horror of what the virus has done to them or the love ones they’ve lost, them maybe more will listen before it’s too late. Thanks for the feedback. Stay safe.

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  13. Excellent and scary post. Very true and I hope you are managing to stay safe through all of this awful situation.

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    • I stop following the COVID daily tracker this week, so I get to focus more on Family & everything hopeful, but when I go back to work tomorrow, the reality of this pandemic nightmare resumes . I drove around highway 1 with my wife yesterday , it’s like outdoor party everywhere like COVID no longer exist. The second Surge is here although our government keep misleading people that it’s still the first . We reopened because the first was suppose to be controlled & the curve was flattened . Anything after that are new surges. We can’t assume the rise is just from more testing, people are moving too fast, it’s what happens when we lock people for months. California is back to no. 2 like before the lockdown next to New York. It’s anything goes now. Stay safe my friend. What we learned to prevent being is sick needed more than ever.

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      • Yes, it’s a scary situation, people don’t seem to get it sometimes. Stay safe too.

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      • I started this post at start of lockdown, so much have happened since then but one thing seems consistent, people ignoring the signs and guidelines which leads to the obvious spread of the virus. I was told yesterday at work, this will last at least 8 months. If we went crazy with less than 5 months, can’t imagine another 8 months. If people are no longer scared of the numbers , & just do what they want, the virus already won. Thanks for the feedback.

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