I took care of a patient who lived in a small apartment with a large family. They pasted together garbage bags to make tunnels through the hallways to try to isolate COVID+ family members. When we all do our best to keep rates low, we help those vulnerable to exposure.
If I get COVID, I have the luxury of isolating in an extra room or the basement. I have few comorbidities and access to healthcare. I have the financial reserve to take time off.
People with these privileges need to have enough imagination to see those who don’t have them, and enough compassion to act on their behalf.
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Deb was one of my first Twitter friends from 2013, a strong, clear, true and moral voice. If you go thru her tweets you’ll see how she always stood up for justice. I’ll miss her. The world lost some much needed goodness today.
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Rub it. Do it. Doesn't it itch so badly? Rub it.
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