Two years ago, on February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an official name for the disease causing the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.

A few weeks ago, an image went viral of a memo Dunkin Donuts made a social media post regarding the severity of the outbreak. ‘The whole world is short staffed, be kind to those who showed up,’ reads the post.

If we have anyone to thank for our survival, it is the frontliners who have devoted their time, effort, and resources to keeping everyone safe. The sacrifices they have made are more than meets the eye. It is unquestionably exhausting not to take a break or go on vacation and yet they make that carry on so that sick patients can see their families again.

When a sacrifice needs to be made, it means you must be ready to lose something. That ‘something’ for them is their own family. Being unable to see your family and working nonstop can be both physically and mentally exhausting. However, the virus has yet to stop spreading, leaving no option for our medical personnel to give up or pause in such a line of work that deals with life and death.

These frontliners’ lives have never been easy, especially seeing as they are constantly exposed to COVID-19 positive patients daily, meaning that at any time, they themselves could become patient, with all the risks and dangers of the virus.

These frontliners are our soldiers, fighting a war for us against an enemy that cannot be seen. The best thing we can do for them is to stay healthy, pray for their safety, and express our gratitude. A simple “thank you” may not seem like much in comparison to what they have done for us, but we should express our appreciation for having them since not everyone shares the same bravery to fight the enemy. It is up to them to hold fast and come up with these valiant efforts to save lives—with one life just as valuable as the next. That display of gratitude and appreciation means far more to them than we could imagine. Luis Revilla and David Lumba // Image from Twitter user @KarenFriedman9

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