The second surge of COVID-19 puts a pall on our holiday celebrations, means ever more restrictions in our daily lives, and continued focus on wearing masks, socially distancing, and washing hands. Not surprisingly, most of us are frustrated, tired of having to mask up, avoid social events and worry about the pandemic. Yet, we are the lucky ones.
While we are in a difficult period, many individuals and families have many more struggles than we do. They are sick with COVID-19 or have a family member who is. They have lost jobs and have little or no income. They are afraid of losing their housing and can’t afford nutritious food. Their health is at risk, and they often have no health insurance. They are worried about getting through each day.
For those of us who have life’s basics and more, it’s time to be grateful for what we have, celebrate our families and the future while remembering those who face great obstacles to their health and lives. Many are workers that we rely on to keep our grocery stores, pharmacies, and office and residential buildings operating. Many work in nursing homes. They need our thoughts and our support.
Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in this pandemic. Several vaccines have successfully completed trials and will shortly be moving through the FDA approval process and toward distribution. It’s a matter of months not years. The Foundation wishes you and your families a peaceful and healthy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your support and investment in health care for those who have the fewest resources and the most barriers to care.