As the terror of COVID struck the US, health care workers struggled to survive. Thousands lost the
fight; many were minorities with the highest levels of patient contact. As of December, 2020 at least 2,900 health workers have died since the onset of the pandemic according to The Guardian and KHN. Many were nurses who fought at the bedside, sometimes despite full PPE and sometimes without sufficient PPE. These nurses must not be forgotten. Funerals and burials have become lonely and isolating events, missing not only the dead but the usual in person comfort received at funerals. We ask everyone in the US to light a candle, virtually or reality, on January 18th, a Day of Remembrance. Share this candle lighting with your families, children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. Share it on your community networks. We must honor those valiant health care workers who gave everything, in the care of others.
Nurses have been serving at the front lines of the COVID pandemic since the onset. In performing care, many have fallen victim to the very illness they treated. January 19th has been set aside as a Day of Remembrance of those who died from COVID. In honor of the hundred of nurses who gave their lives during the pandemic, I ask your readers to join me, a Nurse, to light a candle on this day….in reality or virtually. Post your candle on all social media platforms with us. We will not forget but will honor nurses and all health care workers who have perished from COVID 19.
More than 2,900 U.S. health care workers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic since March, a far higher number than that reported by the government, according to a new analysis by KHN and The Guardian. Many of these workers were nurses who perished despite wearing full PPE. In honor of those nurses, please light a candle virtually or in reality on January 19th, a Day of Remembrance. Share it with others. Let’s honor those nurses who sacrificed their lives to save others.
Nurses have been fighting the pandemic at all levels, and in the struggle, many have lost their lives. We’ll never know how many deaths results from the lack of PPE, and our government’s related failure to invoke the Defense Production Act to protect all healthcare workers, but the knowledge that many died who could’ve lived will always haunt those of us working at the bedside and beyond. On January 19th, we must join together in lighting candles, ringing bells, and leaving the lights on in a Day of Remembrance for all we’ve lost. They may be gone, but we must ensure they are never forgotten.
On January 19th, we will come together in a Day of Remembrance to memorialize those lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. By lighting candles, ringing bells and having our lights on, we will take deliberate action to ensure the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of Americans are not forgotten. It’s only by working together that we’ll get through the pandemic, staying home, wearing masks, and getting the vaccine when it becomes available. In doing these, we also honor the lives lost and save countless more still at risk.