In memory of our unsung heroes at the frontline of the COVID pandemic. The emotion that fills me as I look through this list of ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things is very comparable to the emotions I experienced when I visited the 9/11 memorial in New York last year.
In 9/11, we lost 3,000 lives, which 400 were first responders. In the last 19 years, we've added approximately another 18,000 lives lost from medical and psychological complications from that singular tragic moment.
Today, we have lost over 200,000 lives, which 900 and counting are frontline healthcare and EMS workers. And, both counts continue to rise each and every day. We can probably add at least 1,000,000 more lives who will be added to this death toll over the next 19 years from complications of current COVID pandemic.
We can only earnestly pray that those next to us, our parents, our siblings, our children, our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, our doctors, our nurses, our firefighter, our police officer, and our community members we lean on each and everyday do not add to the current death toll.
I call upon anyone and everyone who reads this to have the thoughtfulness, awareness, and courage to take personal charge to stop the dying and save the living. Take pause to celebrate the memories of the lost, in hope of being able to cherish the lives who are still here.
Remember their faces and names who has ascended. May their sacrifice give us all strength to do more. Shall our actions and our conversation steer away from "I" and "me" and towards compassion and responsibility for "we" and "us".
Rest In Peace to our COVID heroes.
#stopthedying #savetheliving #covidheroes
MedPage Today lists those who have lost their lives to COVID-19