COVID-19 Patients are Real People, Not just Numbers

Posted 4/29/20

Submitted photo: June Guy, known as Aunt June to the many who love her, has tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are often referred to as …

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COVID-19 Patients are Real People, Not just Numbers

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Submitted photo: June Guy, known as Aunt June to the many who love her, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Unfortunately, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are often referred to as statistics, and not individuals. This detachment can be dangerous in the battle against the spread of the virus, because when patients lose their identities, and become just numbers- it’s easy to become desensitized and maybe a little less careful. So many people in our community have been and continue to be deeply affected by the novel coronavirus in so many ways.

A heart-wrenching Facebook post was recently made by Robin Tirey. She started by saying, “My mother, June Guy aka Aunt June is one of the latest American’s diagnosed with Covid 19. My family and I ask for your prayers. We don’t know if she is strong enough or has the will to fight this battle, but we hope so,” Robin wrote, “Our prayer is that she feels secure and not scared, that her pain is controllable and that she knows that she is loved.”

She went on to explain, “Some talk about the virus as a myth. They don’t think that it could ever affect them. The Corona Virus is real, and it can affect any of us. I have seen people quoting the odds of catching the virus and they are staggering.” Robin went on, “However, when someone you care about is infected it becomes real. My mother is much more than a statistic. She is a real person. She raised 3 biological children and helped raise most of the LaBelle population fifty-five and under.”

Robin described her mother, “She loved her God, family, church and children of LaBelle (the meaner the better),” Robin described her mother by saying, “My mom never judged people based on race or economic status,” said Robin, “My mother was innocent. She did not go anywhere to catch the virus; it was brought to her. So, if you are being asked to shelter at home, wear face masks and wash your hands – is that too much to ask?”

“She is receiving quality care from some dedicated and loving health care professionals and that means the world to us since we cannot visit,” Robin wrote, “The regular updates and the occasional facetime calls mean the world to us.” Aunt June is hanging in there. She has a terrible cough and has lost quite a bit of weight. But, Robin reported that her vital signs were decent during the last update she received.

“Please join us as we pray for my mom and our family and the other thousands of individuals that this virus is affecting.” Robin ended her Facebook post, “Let’s all take care of each other and let’s pray for my mother’s healing and the healing of our land.”

In their daily updates, Hendry County officials strongly urge residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC, the Florida Department of Health (DOH), and Governor’s Safer-At-Home order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

· Remember you are safer at home

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

· Cover your coughs and sneezes

· Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces

· If you are sick or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your medical provider, a local provider or local health department

· If you need to leave your home for essential activities, please cover your mouth and nose with a bandana, scarf, or other cloth covering

CDC guidance on how to make a cloth face covering can be found at the following link - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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