A brief post on who are the heroes in the COVID-19 pandemic? This explores those who are stepping up and leading in a difficult time. Its not what you think. Many of those who deserve credit are those who tire in anonymity but who make your life function amidst a pandemic.
“A hero. You want to be one of those rare human beings who make history, rather than merely watch it flow around them like water around a rock.”
“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
From a Catholic Hospital in California
Earlier today I saw the above Tweet while I was on Twitter. It showed images of the nurses and doctors in Italy after long shifts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It led me to ask the question, in this calamity who are the heroes? Who are the brave souls that deserve to be singled out? There are a number that need to be commended.
- The medical workers on the front lines are amazing. The doctors, nurses, paramedics, and the staff in hospitals and doctors offices are brave individuals. Those who work place themself at risk of COVID-19 and have stepped into hell are brave.
- Another person who deserve to be singled out are those who work in the stores that are open. Think of the person who stocks the shelves at Wegmans or your local grocery store. Think of the person who checks out your food who works closely with you.
- Think of the people who are keeping the logistics open by delivering food and other essential services that you need to live? Those also need to be commended. This includes those who work in trucking, domestic shipping like UPS or FEDEX or railroading who are moving food, medical supplies and needed necessities.
- Think of those in police and firefighting that have to deal with emergencies as they come about. Police and firefighters could expose themselves to this virus in their duties. All they are doing is their job. If I remember correctly didn’t some of the firefighters in either California or Washington dealing with quarantine.
- Think of those who work in education. Those who teach who are are doing so in an online environment deserve to be recognized. In my opinion many teachers do not get enough credit for the hard work that they do. But teachers are pioneers in a situation where classes are canceled and moving online.
When I think of COVID-19 I think in a way of measles. When I was young I remember my grandparents talking about how terrifying measles was. Measles is a disease which has mostly been eradicated and its highly contagious. Its an airborne disease that is spread by sneezing or coughing. It is a disease that is deadly but one that has a vaccine. As I have said before make sure you get vaccinated. If you read this stay safe. Stay at home and follow what the Centers of Disease Control is saying. The sooner we come together to fight this disease the sooner life can be normal. Please be patient, but listen to the medical professionals. The medical experts know what they are doing, please listen to them. And stay safe.