I always greet Peter on the morning of January 1st with this question: “How’s your year going so far?” I know, it shows a pretty pathetic sense of humor, but it seems to just come out automatically.
We were luckier than so many people in 2020. We lost no one close to us to Covid-19. Although we missed our family and friends, we at least got to “see” them thanks to Facetime and Zoom. But we know the worst may lie in front of us as the virus continues to spread.
First, there will not be enough ICU beds to accommodate the victims of the fast-spreading virus. Once again, hospital tents are being set up for the overflow. We will have to be even more careful until enough people have been vaccinated.
Second, our healthcare workers are stressed to the point where hospitals are calling on student nurses, medical school students and retirees to fill in as their staffs continue to fall ill or burn out.
Third, many people continue to ignore social distancing or go mask-less. I understand “Live Free or Die” but what if your “live free” causes others to die?
I am hoping our country can heal in 2021, that we can regain the respect of the world by respecting each other.
2021’s got to be a better year.