Who do we thank
As we begin to lift restriction, thoughts will turn to societal and economic futures.
We can also realise that this is not the end — until we get widespread vaccine, herd immunity and effective mechanisms for next time, or even the next surge, this wont be over.
But this is a time to reflect on our Covid isolation, remember those who died and their families and friends.
It is a time to show gratitude to those who supported us all.
In what order — not for discussion. Is this list comprehensive? No. But I say thanks to these and all who made their impact during this 1st phase of Covid 19.
Leo, Simon, Simon (and FG)
Fianna Fail for supporting
The administration of the HSE and the CMO
Our Healthcare staff, ¼ of whom were infected by being in the frontline of caring for those who fell ill.
Pharmacists (hosp and community), Physios, Radiologists, OT and many more
Medical scientists and all in the lab
Enabling reallocation and minding those that were still sick with other conditions
Volunteer efforts like feedtheheros and the ventilator projects
Volunteers who checked on those cocooning
Researchers — device and treatments
Those who donated PPE equipment from their own supplies
Tourism, Transport (who will feel a heavy economic pain) and Retail
Aer Lingus, transport staff — freight and public transport
Retail staff, an Post and delivery folk
Hotels, B&B, restaurants, Bars, AirBnB — we know you feeling pain — we will be back to you
Employers and entrepreneurs for trying to keep on and enacting furlough etc
News and Media
Data and communicators like @higginsdavidw
Reputable news services — RTE/Tubridy and the Late Late show demonstrations
Tech companies like Zoom who stepped up
And even still this list cannot be exhaustive
Thank all of us for staying home, for looking after each other.
For keeping your distance
For shopping for those who needed it
Family, friends for engaging and connecting, even through new channels
We live on, fight on, thrive on
Who now needs our support? — put your hand up if you were a service provider, a small business or a local business who needs the kickstart.