Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a day that Americans imperfectly remember those that sacrificed their lives in wars. Lately, it is more often thought of as a holiday to celebrate the start of summer. But this Memorial Day, I am sobered by the loss of lives to COVID-19. Sometime in the next day or two, the official count of Americans that have died from the disease will pass 100,000. The unofficial count is already much higher.
By now, many of you have seen the front page of the New York Times today, listing a thousand names, only 1% of those that have died. Please take some time and look at this interactive from the New York Times honoring many. Remember, mourn, cry. Hard times are here for many, and this reminds us that we are all in this together. Most of us are caring and doing the right thing. You can stay safe and be there for others. Stay sensible.
Wash your hands and cover your nose.