Sandy Klein

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. – Harvey Mackay

I believe Covid has won. Covid has won because we have given up. We have waived the white flag. We don’t want to talk about it anymore. We’ve lost our empathy.

Americans say it’s ok to take the weak. Americans say it’s ok if my neighbor dies. Americans say I’m ok if my kid gets sick. Americans say we accept the risk. JUST DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!

Covid has beaten 427,635 Americans. Today Covid stole the last breath of 3,895 Americans.

In 2019…

78 children died of Covid. That leaves 156 grieving parents and countless grieving siblings and extended family. Plus young children who have lost a friend or classmate. Those 78 dead children will never have kids of their own. 78 children whose parents can’t kiss goodnight. I ask you, if it’s your child that dies would you regret team sports and kids clubs? Most will say it’s only 78. If it’s your kid it’s your whole world.

510 teens and young adults died. Those are 510 people that maybe never graduated from high school or college. 1020 grieving parents and countless grieving siblings and extended family. Maybe they even left young children without their parent. 510 dreams extinguished. Who would they have been? Doctors, Rockstars, maybe investors or the person who would have cured cancer. I ask you if your kid dies will you regret demanding maskless sports, in person learning, and a teens right to party?

62,326 Americans age 24-64 died. Parents, spouses, siblings, teachers, coaches, coworkers. 62,326 lost paychecks supporting their family. 62,326 empty seats at the kitchen table. I ask you if you can’t pay your bills because your spouse has died or your raising your kids through the death of their parent, will you regret demanding the right never to wear a mask?

266,647 Americans over age 65 died. Our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. The leaders of our families. The holders of our history. I ask you if it’s your elderly beloved family member, would you still be ok with saying Covid only kills old people?

I ask you how you would feel if you were caught in the middle. If you or your loved one is one of the 50% of people who have lingering symptoms of covid for months after your sick. 12.5 million people who didn’t die, but who aren’t healthy. If your husband didn’t die but lays in a bed in a coma. The teenager who got covid from the football team and who now can’t pass the cardiac exam to make the basketball team. If your walking around your house now with an oxygen tank unable to work or support your family.

Don’t tell me what to do. Don’t tell me to wear a mask. You can’t make me get a vaccine. I’m not going to tell you where Ive been. Don’t tell the coach you’ve got covid. You can’t make me quarantine. I have rights.

Yes we all have rights. No I don’t believe the government should have to tell me to wear a mask. No I don’t believe the government should make vaccines a law.

However… If you won’t wear a mask, maybe you don’t have a right to a hospital bed. If you won’t wear a mask perhaps you don’t have rights to a ventilator. I mourn those that have died. I mourn the loss of life and the loss of quality of life. I mourn the loss of empathy and compassion.

Lives lost in comparison:

  • 291,557 WWII
  • 214,938 Civil War
  • 53,402 WWI
  • 47,424 Vietnam War
  • 33,686 Korean War
  • 5,669 Iraq/Afghanistan

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