The late Senator John McCain has long been one of my protagonists. His story is familiar to most Americans: as a 31 year-old naval aviator during the course of its Vietnam War, he was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese in October 1967. He remained a prisoner of war for five and a half years. During that time, he was frequently subjected to unimaginably stern physical and psychological torture, including two full times in solitary confinement. It may be less well known that he had an easy way out. After his father, a U.S. Navy Admiral, was referred commanding officer of all U.S. thrusts in the Vietnam theater in mid-1 968, McCain’s captors offered to release him. By this time, McCain had lost 50 pounds and was near death. Nonetheless, he refused, quoting the U.S. armed code of conduct, which advises police not to accept special favors from the opponent and to agree to be released in the order they were captivated. It’s likely that McCain was caused is not simply by adherence to the code, but by solidarity with his fellow prisoners-of-war, many of whom had tolerated confinement for greatly longer.Americans have recently been stood various weeks of “shelter-in-place” or “lockdown” degrees enacted to mitigate the effects of COVID-1 9, which as of May 2 had claimed roughly 65,000 lives nationally, including more than 2,000 in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. As states begin to cautiously loosen public health limiteds in the hope of restarting their economies, there are increasing indicates that many citizens are losing patience with social distancing: cell phone data show increased shift outside of homes, large gangs in California turned out to protest beach shutdowns, and heavily armed soldiers infested Michigan’s nation capitol to protest the governor’s stay-at-home order.
You haven’t seen bulletin legends about DC infirmaries being overtaken with COVID-1 9. @MedStarHealth has done a magnificent chore increasing ability to meet the flood. But my colleagues are working very hard, with infected cases 40% of total census. Keep social distancing, folks!
— Kenny Lin, MD, MPH (@ kennylinafp) May 2, 2020 I’ve written before about the “girl in the well” phenomenon, a psychological effect that reasons us to be captivated by news about one or small numbers of endangered people( recollect the Thai Cave Rescue in 2018 ?) but shrug our shoulders when thousands or millions are at risk. If you don’t personally know anyone who has been hospitalized or died from COVID-1 9, you might be wondering if the continuing sacrifice is really worth it. You miss going out to dinner with family and friends, worshiping with your religion parish, watching or is involved in your favorite boasts. Maybe your child or favorite niece or nephew won’t be able to attend their prom this year or know the thrill of an in-person graduation ceremony. Maybe you wonder: is the dry worse than the disease? I am a doctor, but I’m not on the front line. Thus far, all of my patients who have had COVID-1 9 have recovered, and most haven’t needed to be hospitalized. But the hundreds of patients who have been admitted to my hospital haven’t been nearly as fortunate, and some, sadly, aren’t moving it out alive. Every day at the place( yes, I still travel to a physical part, even though I haven’t seen a patient in person in more than a month ), I strongly advise my most vulnerable patients to stay home or keep their distance from others when they must go out for grocery patronizing or activity. But I can’t protect them adequately without your help. You can take the easy way out: start getting together with friends again, dispose the mask – and frankly, odds are that you, personally, will probably be okay. Or, in the patriotic being of John McCain, who championed a “cause greater than self, ” you can stoically abide this shelter-in-place for as long as it takes to flatten the swerve on this unprecedented pandemic, out of solidarity for millions of potential martyrs you don’t know but who are depending on you to do the right thing.
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