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The COVID-19 heroes on the flanks

April 25, 2020

images One thing that we have all learned during this COVID-19 outbreak is who the real heroes are. Or should I say, one thing that we have been reminded of is who the real heroes are because I think while we often times get distracted we know who they are. They are the doctors, nurses, first responders, truckers and railroaders, farmers and more.

  There are others as well who have been largely forgotten in the memes on Facebook and in the advertisements on television so I thought I would take a moment to give a shout out to those people as well.

  These people are still going to work every day but they wear a different uniform.Their uniforms usually consist of jeans, work boots, safety glasses, a flannel shirt, and maybe a hard hat. Their tee-shirt might have a company name on it and many of them also wear gloves, masks, and face shields. But these pieces of protective equipment are worn not to protect themselves from the virus but to protect themselves from metal dust and for keeping other agitators out of their lungs. (They knew what “PPE” stood for before it was cool…)

  Their hands are calloused, their flannels are ripped, their jeans are dirty and might also be ripped, sometimes they have foul mouths, sometimes their faces are unshaven, and their hair might be unkempt. All signs of long hours and many years doing what they do without fanfare. They do not look this way because they do not care, they look this way because they do care. These people are some of the best at what they do.

  These people build things. Important things. They are in a line of work which is considered “critical manufacturing” and many of them are in the biopharm/ life sciences field. These people are welders, pipe fitters, electricians, metal finishers, machinists, mechanics, and general all-around do whatever it takes kind of people.

  They might not be on the front lines in this battle but they are still going to work every day and they are still risking exposure to the virus to make sure the product is built. Their work environment has changed and they have to adapt sometimes on a day to day basis as they work together while staying apart. Sometimes they laugh and sometimes tempers flare because of the uncertainty, but in the end they come together and make the best of the situation.

 So what is the product that is so important? These people are building systems which one day soon might manufacture the COVID-19 vaccine, or possibly the cure or even protect people from the next virus, and when COVID-19 ends its frontal assault on the American people these products will be there protecting the flanks because of these people. And when the next battle begins in the Autumn hopefully their hard work will come to fruition and they will be the vanguard. These people build things. Important things. Thank you.

The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel–Florence Nightingale

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Booher permalink
    April 25, 2020 3:35 pm

    As I wrote my US House Representative, on a list of essential workers, politicians are at the very bottom of the list. I told her I would be happy if they never went back to work.

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  2. MaddMedic permalink
    April 25, 2020 6:20 pm

    When the poo hits the fan…Shows who are the important ones in society.
    It is not over paid pampered sorts, lying journalists, politicians, actors, athletes…Pretty much pointless today.
    As a paramedic, whom is not allowed on a truck due to injuries suffered on the job, they only let me teach others and no classes these days, I am frustrated I am not out on the streets…

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    • April 26, 2020 6:30 am

      Now I know why you chose your name! It has to be frustrating for people like you who are trying to help people but are not allowed!

      Liked by 1 person

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