Once upon a time, there was a man named Richard, but all of his friends called him Dick.
Dick didn’t believe or have any faith in science. Dick scoffed and laughed when he learned that the United States of America had been infiltrated by a killer virus from China, and made fun of those who did believe in science and trusted what the experts were saying about the dangers of the virus spreading and the projected number of deaths it could cause. Dick laughed and laughed, telling anyone who would listen that the virus was no deadlier than the flu, and that more people die from that particular virus every year than they ever would from the new corona virus. Dick bragged about how he had gotten the flu a couple of times already and hadn’t died from it. He also boasted about being in excellent health because he was a vegetarian and a gym member.
When Dick heard that a mask mandate had been issued for his city, Dick got mad and ranted and raved about being controlled by the government, that asking him to do such a disgusting thing was an infringement of his rights as an American citizen. He cussed and screamed and said there was no way he was going to wear a stupid mask no matter what because it was his body and his choice. Because Dick listened to and read untrustworthy news channels, outlets, and social media posts that expressed the same feelings as him about wearing masks and being controlled, ones who ignored the advice of medical experts and refused to take the threat seriously, Dick felt comfortable that he’d made the right choice and continued to do what he wanted.
Dick was a party animal and loved getting together with friends, although warnings had been issued not only about wearing face masks, but also about maintaining social distancing. Dick met several of his friends in various places on multiple occasions. They danced, laughed, had a few drinks, and enjoyed themselves. Alas, none of them wore masks or kept a safe distance apart.
Dick suddenly began to feel ill and decided to go to the doctor. The doctor said to Dick, “I’m testing you for COVID because you have several symptoms.” Dick laughed and laughed and said to the doctor, “that’s impossible because it’s a fake virus that was made up by our government to scare us into complying with their orders.” Dick didn’t like that long Q-tip being stuck up his nose! The doctor explained to him that since he was exhibiting symptoms of the virus, that meant he’d been carrying it around on him for quite some time because the incubation period was 7-14 days, and anyone that he’d been around was susceptible to contracting the illness as well and that Dick should notify them immediately and tell them to get tested.
During the period that Dick was unaware that he was pre-symptomatic, he reported to work in an office that employs fifty people; visited his elderly parents; bought groceries; went to nightclubs with his friends, and stopped at a convenience store to buy himself the biggest soda they offered. Dick didn’t wear a mask to any of these places, and none of them knew Dick was ill.
All of Dick’s friends contracted the virus, as did his co-workers, the cashier that rang up his groceries, and the convenience store worker. Now, how many more will become infected through Dick’s contact with all of those people? They, too, have family and friends, all of them unsuspecting of what could be coming their way.
Unfortunately, both of Dick’s parents died in the hospital alone because visitors weren’t allowed; therefore, Dick never got to say goodbye.
Dick’s condition worsened, requiring hospitalization. Because Dick could not breathe on his own, he was intubated and placed on a ventilator.
Dick died in the hospital all alone – with no one around to hold his hand and comfort him. Why? Because several of his friends, as well as his parents, were dead, all because of Dick’s refusal to believe the virus was real and follow guidelines set forth by medical experts, which resulted in Dick’s blatant disregard for human life. R.I.P. Dick!
Being the wife and mother of RN’s who are on the frontlines every single day, my fears and worries about them both increases each time they report for work. I wonder, “will today be the day that they contract it? If so, will they survive it? What long term health problems will they face if that happens?”
Just today when my husband came home, he told me that the facility where he works now has 28 cases of COVID amongst the patients, the 3 who were sent out to the hospital last week all died, and 15 staff members are also infected. This means that my husband is now at a higher risk than he’s ever been, even though we have followed protocol since the beginning of this virus. We even bought cute animal print face masks, knowing that we were in this for the long haul and that we may as well make it fun. Unfortunately, my husband is likely one of those who would NOT survive. He is an insulin dependent diabetic with Rheumatoid Arthritis and heart stents. It goes without saying that I am deeply concerned.
Like a majority of fellow Americans, I remain appalled at those who absolutely refuse to wear a face covering when out in public, citing one excuse after another. “I have a medical condition that prevents me from having to wear one.” “It’s an infringement on my rights!” “Ain’t no government gonna tell me what to do!” “Why? It’s a hoax!” “It’s no worse than the flu, so if I get it, I get it.” For those who say they have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one, let me offer you a small bit of free advice. THEN STAY HOME!!! If you have a medical condition, then you shouldn’t be exposing yourself to a deadly virus in the first place! If you don’t care enough about yourself to take care of you, then at least have the decency to think about others and don’t risk spreading the virus.
Requesting the wearing of face masks is NOT an infringement on anyone’s rights! It’s about keeping you and everyone else you come in contact with safe and to help prevent the spread. It’s an extremely small sacrifice to make for each other, don’t you think?
This virus is real, and it continues to kill people every single day. We are nearing 300,000 deaths in the United States, and every single one of those victims have family and loved ones who are, right now, grieving their loss as they face the holidays with an empty chair at the table.
The virus is spread by droplets, either from spittle that comes from the mouth when talking or sneezing, or nasal discharge. Think about this. You see a person in a restaurant not wearing a mask. That person coughs or sneezes into their hand and then puts their germ covered hand on the tabletop, where the virus can survive up to 9 hours even if the restaurant staff wipes the table down after that person has left. Therefore, the next person to sit down at the table might become a victim. That’s the point of wearing a face covering. Wearing it properly includes covering your nose! Of course, you can’t wear it while eating, but you can cough into your elbow or a napkin, and not in your hand.
Lastly, if all of these hardworking doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who put their lives on the line every single day can work 12+ hour shifts while wearing masks, face shields, and other safety equipment, then you can damn sure wear one for an hour to go grocery shopping! If the ones who provide us with the medical treatment we need all fall ill from the virus, then who’s left to take care of us if/when we need it?
Is that seriously too much to ask?
Until next time….
Take care and God Bless!