A sweet, gentle, honest, tender and nice soul is gone. COVID-19 hits home very hard.

For the last three or four months our world has been facing unprecedented challenges. We have been significantly changing the way we live and interact with each other. We will certainly have to keep those changes that recently happened in our habits, behaviors and lives if we want to seriously address this pandemic.

It is very unfortunate that some people have chosen to talk about all kind of conspiracy theories to try to minimize the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Some folks are even attacking Dr. Fauci from all possible fronts. I can understand why they are attacking him. He, so far, has done an amazing job to counter-balance the craziness, lies, confusion and to some extent stupidity that is coming from the White House. Therefore he doesn’t sound like those crazy loyal White House staffs or officials who are willing to do everything to protect the president even at the expense of the general public.

Since the beginning of the pandemic we have been told all kind of lies:” ohhh it’s like the flu”, “it’s going to go away very soon”, “we will pass from 15 cases to 0 cases in a matter of days”, “coronavirus is a hoax”, “just another witch hunt”, yadi yadi, yada, yada. Those completely irresponsible statements were verbalized, tweeted, and boosted by the mainstream media minutes after minutes, day after day. It is really a shame to see how partisanship is playing a central role in the way we address a serious public health threat which is killing hundreds of amazing human beings everyday. Is that the best we can do? Really?

I am not a conspiracy theorist. I, actually, pay very little attention to what people have to say about the subject. I know, as humans, we never want to accept and deal with the predicaments that happen in our lives. It is just human nature. No matter what we are going through, we tend to feel better when we are told, or when we know that what we are experiencing is because of someone else who did something wrong, someone else who does not like us, or someone else who is the devil. Even if COVID-19 were the product of a conspiracy, one thing is factual, very clear and undoubtedly true: there have been more than 2 millions people infected world wide and about 165,000 who have passed away. If someone can prove to me that those numbers are fake, then I ‘ll decide to sit around and listen to those conspiracy theorists. I know that the number of deaths are real, and as a Medical Doctor and Public Health Specialist, my role and mission is to do whatever I can to care, protect and preserve human lives. I have always been paying attention to what is happening in my environment, I have always talked about what I like and what I dislike. I think that in respect to the COVID-19 pandemic I will be doing my best to be more vocal because there are a lot of people who are talking and providing misinformation and disinformation to the general public and to me that is really irresponsible and to some extent criminal. When someone say that COVID-19 is not an issue, it is an hoax, or just another way that a certain political party is trying to undermine another, I think that this whole situation is becoming extremely dangerous. I say so because we all know that there are family members who have been crying to the death of their loved ones who were not taking COVID-19 seriously enough because in the mainstream media and even the president of the USA told them not to take it seriously and everything is under control.

I think that being more vocal is the easy, straightforward, normal and understandable next step to take because COVID-19 has claimed the life of one of the nicest, more gentle, more tender and genuine human beings that I have known. COVID-19 has hit home. It’s one thing to be looking everyday at the number of cases and number of deaths and see how they are changing minutes by minutes, but it’s a completely different scenario when the numbers that you are looking at stop being statistics and become real life experience when your loved ones or people that you have known and valued for many years in your life are the ones reflected in the numbers. Yesterday was a terrible day for me. I received two bad news in about two hours. First at around 7:30 AM I received a text message from a friend who informed me that one of our former classmates in med-school in Haiti, who has been living in New York for a couple of years has passed away due to COVID-19. He was so young, only 43 years old. He was diabetic. Then, about two hours after I was informed that another former classmate from the same class and very good friend of mine, someone that I consider as a brother, was in the hospital (unrelated to COVID-19) with a blood clot in his brain. I was literally asking why, why, why and why? Why so much bad news for me in such a short period of time?

My friend who died of COVID-19 didn’t have to die. No one who died had to die. I don’t think that everyone understands the seriousness of the times that we are currently living. My former classmate, colleague and friend passed away in a hospital in New York all by himself. His family members could not even be with him. There might not even be funerals because of the constraints of the times we are living. Someone told me that the hospital might even refuse to give the body to the family. I am wondering if it’s a dream or nightmare that we are facing those times. My friend who is currently at the hospital is also all by himself. Even his wife could not be there with him. Where are we heading in this world with those new realities. We all should make an effort to take more seriously COVID-19. Regardless of where it came from, it is infecting and killing thousands of people and it is our duty and responsibility to care for everybody infected and affected by coronavirus.

I was watching on television some people protesting yesterday to force some governors to open their states. While I understand that many people are suffering financially, they are losing their homes, cars and other materials assets, I don’t think that we should let those material assets and to some extent literal greed blind us and lead us to make the wrong decisions. Until now not many tests have been done (just about 3 millions of tests were done for a population of about 330 millions inhabitants in the midst of pandemic whose infectious agent is extremely contagious and somehow quite virulent), out of all the people infected very few have been declared recovered. If we look at the numbers world wide, the mortality rate is about 6%. Out of those diagnosed only 25% recovered. What about the remaining 75%? We know that about 6% of them died, but where are the rest. Where are they? There is so little that we know about severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV2) [the virus that causes COVID-19] until now. Do the people who recover has immunity against the coronavirus now? Can they get re-infected? By refusing to take this very seriously are we setting ourselves up for a second wave of infections that can potentially be disastrous?

My former classmate, colleague, and friend is already gone. There is nothing that I can do about it. However I know that I can talk and act to try to convince as many people as possible to be more responsible and serious in the way that they approach and address the pandemic. If we are going to open everything is New York for instance, are we ready to manage the subway system appropriately? Usually in the train cars there are way too many people and there is absolutely no room to even breath. Are we really serious. That’s the way we want to move forward? What is the plan to re-open? What is the plan to prevent what happened to my colleague from happening again, and again. Until we can adequately answer those questions, I think we should just simply and humbly remain in lockdown because we know that the lockdown has prevented thousands, let alone, millions of infections. Let’s stop the greed so that we can save more lives.

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