Shared from a friend on Facebook

I make no apology for sharing this from Facebook.

Let’s say you woke up with a terrible cough, a fever, and severe body aches. Immediately, you rush to the testing station and unfortunately, you’re told you are positive for COVID-19. For the last two weeks, you’ve been unaware that you were infected and you’ve ignored “the rules.” You’ve gotten together with some close friends for pizza, had a few people over, even visited a park and a beach. You figured, “I don’t feel sick. I have the right to keep living my normal life. No one can tell me what to do.”
With your diagnosis, you spend the next few days at home on the couch, feeling pretty crappy; but then you’re well again because you’re young, healthy and strong. Lucky you. But your best friend caught it from you during a visit to your house, and because she didn’t know she was contagious, she visited her 82-year-old grandfather, who uses oxygen tanks daily to help him breathe because he has COPD and heart failure. Now, he’s dead.
Your co-worker, who has asthma, caught it too, during your little pizza get-together. Now, he’s in the ICU, and he’s spread it to a few others in his family, too–but they won’t know that for another couple of weeks yet.
The cashier at the restaurant where you picked up the pizza carried the infection home to his wife, who has MS, which makes her immunosuppressed. She’s not as lucky as you, so she’s admitted to the hospital because she’s having trouble breathing. She may need to be placed in a medically-induced coma and intubated; she may not get to say goodbye to her loved ones. She may die surrounded by machines, with no family at her bedside.
All because you couldn’t stand the inconvenience of a mask; of staying home; of changing your familiar routines for just a little while. Because you have the right, above all others rights, to continue living your normal life and no one, I mean no one, has the right to tell you what to do.

SocialDistancing = It’s not about YOU!

WearAMask = It’s not about YOU!

StayHome = It’s not about YOU!

GetTested = It’s not about YOU!

Written by Anonymous. Copied from a friend and shared. Please do the same.

14 thoughts on “Shared from a friend on Facebook

  1. Very well said! I’ve just had to resign from work, partly because I’m not allowed to wear any PPE even though I’m clinically vulnerable, even when I bought medical N95 mask and visor myself. I’ve also been really ill and have respiratory problems and my family, me and my doctor all think working without PPE is a significant risk.

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      1. I think I’m going to be fine. It just might take a few weeks to get better. My doctors have learned how to handle these long illlnesses and I am seeing the hospital respiratory consultant in October.

        With respect to constructive dismissal, while it might be true, my health is not good enough to pursue a legal battle with them. I think they know it too. They also failed to provide disabled parking and tried to force me to walk on crutches around the whole perimeter of the school to bring the kids in from playtime (which I simply can’t do). I’m so much better off out of all of that.

        Thanks for your kind words!

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      2. I think I will when I’m feeling better. At the moment I’m still getting feverish from time to time and it tends to make me overly emotional. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      3. Don’t let me push you! 💕 Hope you’re feeling better soon. I know when I was being bullied at work I didn’t seek help, I couldn’t face it. The man that caused me problems was expecting me to take action. I didn’t and he was promoted. Then they deleted my post without consulting me. But I got placed somewhere else….

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      4. Oh it sounds like you really went through it. It’s so unfair when that happens. Don’t worry about pushing me. I’ll only do it if I feel up to it and if the union thinks it’s worth doing. My rep is a lovely bloke. I’m sure he’ll give me good advice when the time comes.
        Thanks again!

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