In the midst of this “never-experienced in our lifetime” coronavirus pandemic, the current “stay at home” orders may have slowed down the pace of life for many. Even if you are afforded the ability to work from home, the daily commute has been eliminated from your routine.
As many already know, for the doctors, nurses, orderlies, EMT and countless other workers in the medical field, their pace of life has been ramped up significantly. Not only are they unable to work from home, but they show up in the “frontlines” of the virus, many exhausted from long hours of caring for patients. Then, they go home and put their families at risk of contracting the virus. We all know this, but it bears repeating to remind us how fortunate we are to have these health care workers fighting for us all! They are our heroes. We cannot forget that, or forget to be grateful for their efforts. If they themselves become ill, as many have, or chose to walk off the job to protect themselves, this virus may never be combated.
So how can we help them? First and foremost- follow all social distancing protocols outlined by your elected officials. Stay at home as much as possible, wear protective gear and keep a distance of at least six feet from others when absolutely necessary to go out, and WASH YOUR HANDS constantly! Some people still don’t follow these simple guidelines. The sooner we all comply, the sooner we can get back to life as we knew it.
Having said this, I would like to publicly say THANK YOU to all of our heroes in the medical field. “Thank you” seems inadequate wording to express my appreciation, but the enormous appreciation is there nonetheless. Our lives are indebted to your expertise and hard work.
To the general public: I urge you to express similar appreciation in any way possible. Whether it be a sign on your front lawn, providing a meal for a medical family too busy to cook, or making and/or donating masks, do something to let our heroes know we are thinking of them. Together, we will put this pandemic behind us!
Suffolk County Legislator, Fourth District