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The Central Voice - 2020-03-25

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Pragmatism is not only for experts

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I am going to make this concise. The concern on everybody’s mind is COVID-19. So, first and foremost, listen to the experts, the officials, and the leaders. Our province is fortunate to have our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, doing daily media briefings. Our Health Minister Dr. John Haggie was a medical doctor and Service NL Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh was a nurse — we have the experts, officials, and leadership. With that being said, I am writing today to speak about the pragmatism that is required from each and every one of us at this time. There is a great quote by Theodore Roosevelt (The 26th president of the United States) “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” So, what — in the context of COVID-19 — does this mean for you and I? Well, I will give you a personal example: I live with my grandparents, they are healthy 70+ year olds with no underlining health issues. However, they are still members of the demographic that will be hardest hit by the effects of COVID-19. So, my grandparents are going to limit their potential exposure by limiting the amount of time they leave their home. So, I moved out of their home the day after our province’s first presumptive case was announced, because I would be the potential bridge for exposure to COVID-19 for them. Simple as that. So, back to what Roosevelt said “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” — listen to the leading advice that is in circulation through the appropriate sources; be courteous to everyone by not hoarding supplies; practise social distancing; be there safely for people that will be and are struggling during this time. Nothing is too small, do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are. Let’s flatten the curve together and stay safe — we are all in this together. Matthew K. Babb St. John’s

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