Here is a copy of a boots on the ground pandemic dose of reality social media post authored by Christian Baldwin, my former First Data/Fiserv colleague and trusted friend.
Christian and his wife, along with neighbors and friends Diane and Steve Becker, have generously helped us with grocery shopping and mail pickup while Re and I are in extended age-related self-quarantine going on five weeks and who knows how long.
Christian’s wife is on the front lines as a nurse in Omaha and likewise for Christian’s son in an essential grocery service capacity. Christian says he is tempted to hose his son down every day when his son returns home from work. The entire Baldwin family is at considerable risk, yet they step up to the plate because of their moral stance that we are all in this together.
Both Becker’s have underlying conditions yet they continue to risk exposure while taking care of neighbors.
A big mental hug and heartfelt thank you to the all the heroic Baldwin’s and Becker’s of the world who lead by example and risk themselves daily while getting stuff done that our well being and future depend on.
Just as medical providers commit to the Hippocratic Oath, our concerned friend and neighbor benefactors operate on what might be called the ‘Golden Rule Oath’.
“-Christian Baldwin post from Facebook
-Just so I never forget…..
April 4, 2020:
-Gas prices in NE are $1.60
-Self-distancing measures on the rise
-Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers (6 ft) from each other
-A limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors
-Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed
-Parks, trails, entire cities locked up
-The entire sports season canceled
-Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events canceled
-Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings canceled
-No masses, churches are closed
-No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now 10 or more
-Don’t socialize with anyone outside of your home
-Children’s outdoor play parks are closed
-We are to distance from each other
-Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers
-Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill
-Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towel no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer
-Shelves are bare
-Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE
-The government closes the border to all non-essential travel
-Fines are established for breaking the rules
-Stadiums and recreation facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients
-Press conferences daily from the President and the governors. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths
-Government incentives to stay home
-Barely anyone on the roads
-People wearing masks and gloves outside
-Essential service workers are terrified to go to work
-Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families
-This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020
-Why, you ask, do I write this status? One day it will show up in my memory feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted. We have so much! Be thankful. Be grateful. Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone. We are all one!
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Thank you, Christian!
Thoughts? D. Pratt Tseramed, April 4, 2020