Has it been two months? Or has it been three? Either way, the world must be prepared for what the future has to bring. For emergency services, the call for help will always come from a child, a teenager, or an adult, and that call for help could mean life or death. Yet, currently, life or death is a struggle in our present international position. This is because the COVID-19 war rages on with many winners and many losers. The fact is, we must fashion many ways to protect ourselves when we help others and step forward to save lives. It is a proven fact as the media continues to portray images every single day on this battle that we are up against where first responders, health care providers, grocery store workers, and other essential workers find themselves in the middle of Ground Zero. But yet, so does everybody else.
As the country and the world opens up and allows so many people who have been separated from work by termination, layoff, or any other method, and those who are separated from their families, grandchildren, children, and relatives who happened to live across the street, our vulnerability to the microscopic invader remains. What does this mean? Well, it simply means that social distancing will begin to shorten its separation by getting closer, and closer to other people, thereby allowing the microscopic enemy to reengage and cause significant internal bodily damage to the vulnerable population which includes children.
Even as social distancing diminishes, regardless of what local and national leaders are preaching, some people disbelieve that this microscopic enemy is the main problem. On the contrary, it is the main problem that is held against a population compelled to be set free. Therefore, the closer we get, the more dangerous this microscopic invader becomes. until we get the “all clear” we must wear the mask, maintain social distancing and take every consideration of safety and protection for the people we love. We must also help others who are weak and cannot simply stop the bleeding or help someone who is not breathing.
Remember, that first aid is still needed in a world war that involves a very contagious germ. There are many ways of helping other people who may have this infection. Our safety is of the utmost importance, and when we help others, we wear gloves, masks, and even put a mask on those people who are receiving our help. We begin by applying basic skills such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to restart a person’s heart. It is a known fact that many people who have chest pain, shortness of breath, or other life-threatening complaints do not call 911 because they are in fear of being taken to a hospital where they may get COVID-19.
In some other areas when 911 was called by a child, some of the most intriguing words are said. This is because most people tell their children to disregard the people who knock on the door, even if they are first responders. One particular incident occurred when a six-year-old little girl called 911 and when paramedics arrived, she opened the door. To her surprise, she saw two people in uniform holding emergency equipment. The call was for her mother who was extremely ill. Instead of allowing the paramedics to come in, the little girl turned around and looked at her mom and said “stranger danger.” Before the mother could say a word, the little girl turned around and looked at the paramedics and said, “I like these strangers.”
This type of action is called helping others, including our own family. The national emergency of COVID 19 failed to prevent this little girl from calling 911 and allowing what her mother taught her to disregard strangers and allow 911 to come in. The strangers were in uniform and arrived shortly after the 911 call was made. This is an indication of truth, determination, willpower, and trust.
The world will heal itself and the mask along with social distancing will vanish eventually, but not immediately. We need more time to fight this enemy and adjust our lifestyle to where we can still help others and maintain a loving and caring way of life.