March 18, 2020
I'll tell you sometimes I feel like I am living in a nightmare. Not the kind where you go to school wearing no clothes or go to the college final forgetting to ever go to class all semester or being in the ER and never being able to see your patients because people keep pulling you into meaningless errands...
Nope, none of those. This is the one where you are trying to tell everyone that we are being invaded by a virus, and we all need to do something now. Otherwise, it will be too late. But then, I calm down because everyone I talk to says "Yeah Greg, I get it. We are all physically distancing." And then someone tells me that their kid's friends are texting to come and hang out at a coffee shop. Another person texts a picture OUT THEIR CONDO WINDOW of people hanging out at the community pool. Another person emails me a picture of full beaches in Florida, and a family friend goes to a mall because there's a great sale! I hear the desperation from a colleague who emails (and he NEVER emails), "We only have 12 ventilators in this county and no one understands what that means." All of these blares - We have so much more work to do.
But before that (and yes, I have great resources below for you to process and for your influencing efforts), I would like to write each and every one of you a thank you note.
Thank you for everyone making the sacrifices now so that people they do NOT know will not die later. Thank you for giving up your spring break, for giving up being a 15 yr old for a little while, for giving up your freedom, for homeschooling while you are trying to work from home, for giving up your job, for being fired, for giving up your small business, for giving up your dream vacation, for holding off on the rehab, for dipping into your savings, for becoming homeless, for making a sacrifice. Thank you for trusting the scientists and the doctors and the rest of the healthcare workers that yes there is an invisible force that is doubling every 2-3 days that you can't see, feel, or hear that will put a world of hurt on a bunch of people you likely will never know... a bunch of other people's grandparents, parents, brothers, wives, husbands, and parents (that is unless of course you or your loved ones are the one on the ventilator).
Thank you to people that started last Thursday, and to the ones that will start distancing tomorrow. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You deserve a heartfelt thank you. I hope we never have to go through this again. But in the meantime, this is the highest form of charity a human can do... giving something to someone that you don't know and that person who's life was spared won't know they owe that thanks. It is one of the most powerful forms of charity you can give. And no, it makes no sense today and it may never make sense. But just know, it is the right thing. So thank you.
And, now I bring you back to the reason why you are doing what you are doing, and why we need to keep convincing others that we all need to physically distance... the curve... it's not a pretty one today. It's going to get a lot worse because sure we are getting more tests but also because the virus is also spreading (and, of course, this curve is really lagging behind the real curve) before it gets better.
In order to help you find some of the best resources on the internet, we put together a resources post:
We also did a very well-received webinar. Dr. Mason Mileur and I did our best to answer your questions. Apparently, I was better than Mason but don't tell him I said so (yes Mom he is on this email and its a joke). Here is the blog post where our one and only Danielle Yoon did an amazing job putting some of the answers in written form (nice job Danielle!).
Here is the youtube video. Thank you Mark for hosting! You always make everyone seem so smart and keep us on track.
Keep up the good work everyone. Every encounter we can limit matters. So go do some convincing. Until next time,
Stay physically distant!