Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
An open letter to those who refuse to take the COVID pandemic seriously:
I worked in the ER for decades. I am the person who looked into your loved one's eyes after a car accident as they pleaded, “save my life” or worse, “save my child’s life." Yet now, when we ask you to save your own life or the life of your family or neighbor, you disregard us. When did you start to distrust us so? We have brought you back after a heart attack, we cure your cancer, we help you breathe even when you continue to smoke, we develop new cures every day. We are asking now a favor in return. We are asking you to wear a mask, all the time in public. We are begging you to stay out of restaurants and bars. We are pleading with you to listen to us again as you do when the cancer doctor says, take this treatment, it will save your life.
You can’t have it both ways. You can’t pick and choose, we don’t. We are not honest one minute and untruthful the next. We always have your best interests in mind. It’s what we do, it’s how we are trained.
If you are exposed, quarantine. Out of respect for others. You may feel fine but may be a carrier and give it to someone who dies on Christmas Day. You may never find out but how would you feel if you knew?
Please trust us now before this happens. When you grab my hand in the exam room and cry “I can’t get any air, I don’t want to die," it’s really too late. Don’t wait. Start here, start now. Wear a mask.