If you provide any type of service to the public you have dealt with ignorance by individuals who are unaware of the service you provide, and or the consequences that occur due to their lack of knowledge. The service may be healthcare, teaching, law, insurance, home or car repairs and the list goes on.
Ignorance is defined as a lack of knowledge or information. In these times we all have friends and family who appear to be smart, rational individuals. For some reason, they remain ignorant about COVID-19 and the science related to transmission, or just refuse to acknowledge the issue. Several people told me they did not know anyone who had gotten the virus and it was not an issue for them.
For those in healthcare the outcome of bad information has become particularly frustrating. The messaging has been lost due to outside voices who appear to have no interest in public health or the care of others. As a society what are we to do? A large segment of the population don’t believe in science and the other half have to go great lengths to keep themselves safe from those who insist on defiling the science.
It has been exhausting watching and observing those who live in a alternative reality, and feed on misinformation. You do your best to explain the facts, and it does not get through. They respond and say “I haven’t heard that”. Someone told me we just voted for socialism and I was so stunned, I had to disengage.
It has been an unspoken rule, that certain people believe they have more rights than others in this society, and that is another conversation. It is time that this behavior is dealt with to reduce deaths and the spread of COVID-19. If not this pandemic will continue to spread and add additional stress on the healthcare system.
Bravo to the front line workers and my colleagues who show up daily to provide care to the ignorant and those who were exposed even though they did the right thing. It is their charge at the moment and it is unfortunate that they can not get more support from the community to reduce the spread. The numbers are rising and healthcare workers are tired, stressed and some have caught the virus.
A certain sect of society believe people are expendable and put profits over people. Currently there are not enough health care workers, teachers or other front line workers to rotate, there is no back up. This is a pandemic, and other countries are dealing with similar issues, and no one is coming to assist. It is up to us to deal with this issue, but we have to be on the same page. Please do your part!
Stay well, wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance to reduce spread. Someone you love and care about is depending on you to be more diligent.