Who: The 500,000 (Known) Fatalities
What: Covid-19: The Cause of Death
Where: The United States of America
When: 02/17/21 8:48 a.m. EST (U.S.A.)
Why: Donald Trump’s Abject Neglect!
Please set aside a few moments, today, every day, to never forget the pandemic’s massive loss of life. The medical experts inform us that up to 40 percent (or 200,000) of these 500,000 victims’ deaths had been preventable; that is, had more of us thought in terms of “we” not “me”; had all of us harbored in our heads and hearts the need to look out for one another’s well-being; had we all done our civic and moral duty by consistently complying with the easy to follow, life saving, pandemic protocols; namely:
- Observe good hand washing hygiene.
- Shelter at home as often as possible.
- Limit interactions to folks we live with.
- Mask up / socially distance in public.
Let’s consider, for a moment, our Covid altered reality; the multifaceted talents of the people who are no longer of this Earth; the positive contributions they had yet to make to society. Or if not they, themselves, what about the accomplishments of their never conceived children and children’s children, etc.
More to the point, oh, how our society will fail to thrive and prosper in the absence of present and future…
- Companions’/Friends’ unoffered counsel to best solve everyday problems.
- Teachers’ undelivered lectures that motivate students to seek greatness.
- Textbook Authors’ untaught theories / simplification of time honored canon.
- Novelists’ / Poets’ unwritten, life enriching narratives, verses and parables.
- Composers’ unsung songs to entertain and/or ease us through life’s struggles.
- Comedians’ untold jokes to dispense laughter; a.k.a. the best medicine.
- Architects’ undrawn blueprints to construct affordable energy efficient homes.
- Inventors’ undrawn schematics to manufacture life simplifying / enhancing wares.
- Ambassadors’ unproposed treaties to, someday, usher in new eras of world peace.
- Climatologists’ “uncooked” plans that could cool down our feverish planet.
- Psychiatrists’ unformulated therapies to ease emotional turmoil / distress.
- Epidemiologists’ / Doctors’ undiscovered methods to prevent future pandemics!
That brief list represents a mere one dozen of the people who could make a significant difference in our lives.
I’m sure many of you could add even more occupations; perhaps via a comment, below?
At the risk of repeating myself, this post will now end the way I normally do…
Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!