South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday November 24, 2020

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October 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 4

Publisher's Note

Have We Really Made It All the Way to October?

It seems like seconds (in reality, it feels like centuries) ago that we were only contemplating how COVID might possibly interfere in our lives. And I, and surely many of you, had that all too prevalent American NIMBY* confidence that this would be happening in other countries, oceans away. Well we were warned, we were wrong, and COVID came. It saw, and it conquered. And now it is our job to deal with the physical, mental and economic effects of the COVID pandemic. We must learn from our obvious mistakes, prepare for future challenges, and exist in a “new” normal; but most important, we need to pull together as a community of one – especially after November 3rd – Election Day.
With a COVID death toll of more than 200,000 individuals, we no longer have the luxury of shrugging off one death here or there in a home or hospital in some other county or city. We are a country made up of states with invisible borders. What touches one area of the country will inevitably affect another.
And while voting for one candidate over another won’t necessarily guarantee the answers to all our problems, we must move forward but not blindly. We cannot forget the despair and fear of the last 6 months immediately upon hearing a relative or friend has become ill because those who do forget the last 6 months are doomed to repeat them. So, vote for your future, it’s the only one you have.
Donkey or Elephant … every VOTE counts this year more than ever before!
*Not in my backyard

Charles Felix can be reached at

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