As I contemplate the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in the USA and the world, I am thinking about the more than 530,000 American lives that have been lost and the millions more that have been infected.
Do you know anyone that has been infected? I do. Do you know anyone that that has died? I do. Do you know anyone whose business has been devastated? I do. Do you have an elderly parent who has not seen her children or grandchildren in a year and who has been confined in isolation to her apartment in a retirement community for a year? I do.
I am 66 years years old and I have seen and experienced amazing events in my lifetime. This pandemic has certainly been the most devastating. I am thankful for all those who have taken the necessary precautions to keep others safe. I am thankful for the science that has given the world vaccines in record time. I am even more thankful that my wife and I and most of our friends, whom we have not seen in a year, have received the vaccine.
When I read about an elected state senator, Lora Reinbold, who refuses to take simple precautions to protect others (such as wearing a mask), and does not even acknowledge how serious the virus is, I think to myself, “What a selfish person.” She should be ashamed and should resign.
— Phil Brna
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