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Trying to do more in a time of uncertainty

Glenn Dale, MD

I remember reading somewhere that " Life will always be essentially uncertain." When I first heard about this possible plague, I was just finishing celebrating my birthday. It was the beginning of the year and I had gotten together with friends. It never occurred to me that would be the last big hangout, no masks, face shields or hand sanitizer anywhere. As we received more COVID-19 news coverage, stores closing, more teleworking, slowly the daily occurrences of my life, would now have a new reality. Now I never leave the house without my mask and shield, I wash my hands every time I come home, all packages get a wipe down and I haven’t kissed my mother for a full year. Those are just some of the changes that have happened in my life. As I think about it, my family hasn’t been as negatively affected as others in this country. We still have health and strength, and these challenges just help us to reevaluate the important things in our life, family, friendships and basic humanity. As we continue to evolve and adapt, one thing is certain, we must continue to think about the overall picture our community. These acts of wearing protection is not just for ourselves but also for the people around us, the ones that are most fragile- that is goal- protect people we don’t know, it’s not just our lives we need to think about now but the others around us that are not so fortunate in life and luck. This pandemic has forced us to see that we affect everyone around us, and begs us to ask the question “Will we protect a stranger, someone that we do not know from this illness? My answer will always be a resounding yes because that stranger is someone else’s child and means the world to another person. I am a member of my community and was not born to be selfish.

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