Opinion

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Letter

We’re Not Going Back to ‘Normal’

Better get used to the brave new reality

With increasing COVID infections and demands on hospital services, health care providers, nurses, doctors, therapists and aides are becoming physically and mentally exhausted. The concern over their own safety and their families is real. With exposure thousands of health care works have become ill and hundreds have died. The frustration and sense of failure watching their patients die can be overwhelming. The lack of hospital administration and government support has compounded the issue. Now with opening up and the public’s increasing disregard for safety protocols some wonder why they should continue to even care. Some ER personnel have refused to work until hospitals and government provides proper masks and gowns for themselves and equipment for patients.

Maybe there should be a way of forcing those members of the public who seem unconcerned about transmitting the virus to the back of the line for treatment. Masks and distance; really easy. It’s a social responsibility, a moral obligation.

We’re not going back to “normal.” Better get used to the brave new reality. Accept and adjust. Unfortunately there are no historical events that might provide guidance as what to do. We are on our own!

John Noyes
Whitefish