Some say the exploding number of COVID-19 cases across the country is not such a big deal because death rates haven't spiked. But that's missing all the long term effects of this disease that survivors are facing.
The number of states with soaring COVID-19 rates keeps growing. Testing is starting on vaccines. More children have been affected by a post-COVID-19 syndrome. There have been more infections that went undetected than previously thought. Every day there's something new regarding COVID-19.
Protestors took to the streets to demand justice in the wake of George Floyd's death. The racial inequality that could lead to his death at the hands of a police officer and so many other cases like that have brought us to a day of reckoning. Racial disparities in this country that must be addressed are not just in policing, but in housing, employment, and health care.
We've been talking about the blood shortage the Red Cross is experiencing. Blood drives were cancelled in droves while everyone was staying at home. That was manageable for a while because surgeries were on hold. But now that they've resumed, the concern over the blood shortage is amplified.
We are urged to not let our guard down as the world reopens. Coronavirus is still out there. However, you've all seen the scenes of large groups mingling. That “devil may care” attitude is often blamed on pandemic fatigue. On the other end of the spectrum are the folks still too concerned, scared even, to re-engage. So how do we find the happy medium?
We've heard many stories from the front lines of the pandemic. Among those who have been there to hold the hands of the frightened, sooth the souls of the sick, and support families are the chaplains. It has been a life altering experience for many. Chaplain Richard Hoffman works at Saratoga Hospital. He shared some writing that helps us all better understand what this most unusual time has been like.
During the pandemic, families with children who have special needs were thrown an extra curve ball. Now imagine the challenge for residents in group homes. That's what Wildwood Programs have been dealing with and managing.