My friend Joel Shumaker masks up prior to volunteering to help with the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. He is now on his way to Naval Station Great Lakes where he’ll be utilizing his leadership as a Nurse Corps Officer in a program to quarantine and screen recruits prior to boot camp.
Today The New York Times ran a beautiful article: The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do Right Now. It’s about gratitude and celebration.
Tragically, in newspapers across the country the obituaries included names of Veterans who had survived World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but had been killed by the coronavirus.
The most important service we can all give our Veterans is to wear a face mask when out in public. Of course, you should do this out of concern for your own health and the health of those you care about, including the worry that you’d be unable to support your family if you get sick and can’t work.
But you should also do it to make this a safer world for those who have served. We can each do our part to make sure their names don’t show up in the obituaries as having survived tours of military duty only to be killed by this invisible enemy in the civilian world.
By the way, on military bases across the country those in uniform are required to wear face masks, as are all civilians in public spaces such as the base exchange. And this is the conclusion of a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control:
In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
If you don’t want to wear a face mask to protect yourself and others from disease, then pick out a cool fabric and make your own to create a personal fashion statement.