These are challenging times when we all need to pull together while staying apart. It is not normal to be physically separated from family, friends and work colleagues for several weeks but we must focus on the greater good.
Already we have seen tens of thousands answer Ireland’s call by signing up to enter the health service. Since this crisis began, the ‘Irish Independent’ has reported on the everyday heroes who are helping the most vulnerable in our communities
And today we want to create something positive ourselves. Over the coming weeks, the promise of a hopeful future will be our motivation to help stem the spread of Covid-19. The ‘Irish Independent’ is asking readers to ‘make a promise’ for when normality returns.
It could be to yourself, somebody in your family, a neighbour or even wider society. Maybe a trip to the zoo for the children, a hug for granny or even to finally meet that long-lost friend for a pint.
Submissions should be no more than 100 words and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A selection of submissions will be published in the ‘Irish Independent’ and on Independent.ie’.
And as Nelson Mandela said: “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
The personnel of the Defence Forces are justly proud of their record of steadfast loyalty and service to the State and its citizens, even though that same dedicated professionalism and patriotism has largely gone unrequited.
Many of us in general practice view the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic as being in households, workplaces, public spaces and community clinics, particularly GP clinics and GP co-operatives.