As we advance through the many challenges of Covid-19, everyone all across the world is having to reinvent themselves and find new ways of doing things they were once used to doing. Many of us are having to work from home, learning new technologies in order to be successful and do our jobs, and sadly to help keep our jobs. America right now is simply lost.  We are in uncertain times and as a result, our leaders from the bottom up and from the top down are not agreeing. Some say, “Wear masks in public”, while others say, “You don’t have to”. One governor makes it mandatory to wear masks outside in all public areas while in another state the governor does not mandate wearing masks in public. Many folks wear the mask to completely cover their faces; others wear them under their noses. Some wear eye protection; others do not. Why is everyone so misinformed? Are we all not watching the same pandemic unfold? Is it not up to each individual to be completely responsible when around others in public?

What if nurses decided they do not want to wear a mask to work?  How do you think that would go?  What if your doctor decided he or she would wear a mask but would not pull it over his or her nose? Or not wear eye protection for that matter?  You probably would not go to that doctor, right? Why…because he or she is putting your lifer in danger by not following the rules put in place for public safety. Rules are made for the safety of all lives.

In case anyone forgot, we are in the era of the Baby Boomer generation. I want you to stop what you are doing just for one moment and think about what I am about to say. So many of us have been able to get out of the house, having been on house arrest for months. Many of us have been able to interact once again, practicing social distancing. Many of the younger generations think this is over and have resumed their normal social lives, minus the wearing of the masks. Many have gone back to the pool parties and the beaches. And the numbers begin to rise again post America’s birthday, July 4th. What part of this are we not understanding?  You can be around people who have it and not even know they have it, because the symptoms don’t surface until 14 days after they were around someone else who had it. Hence, causing the domino effect. It truly does not matter if they are friends or colleagues. Who have they been around when not around you? What about all the seniors that have not had any family interactions in months? Imagine being confined to a room in a nursing facility for five months without visitors from the outside or any family members? These are the people we need to think about as we move about the community maskless and careless! These are the people we are hurting because their lives can’t be risked or jeopardized. They are the gems of our society; the likes of which we will never see again.

These are the folks who fought for our freedom. The men and women who served this country so we could all remain safe. The men and women who worked two to three jobs to feed their families to get ahead. The men and women whose handshakes were their bonds. These are the men and women who were honest, integrous, and proud citizens of this country. The women who had dinner on the table for their families each night of the week. The men and women who sacrificed so much so that their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren would not have to endure the hardships they had.   All of us need to be accountable here. We all have a part to play. Be accountable for yourself.  It is up to each and every one of us to do our part to keep ourselves, our families, our relatives, our colleagues, and our communities safe.  What can you do and what will you do to step-up? The true heroes are the seniors stuck inside, fighting a war they don’t even understand.