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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

You probably don’t know me. I’m one of the few budding nurses who (while still considered young and inexperienced by many in the force) are hell bent on getting rid of you. Just wanted you to know we have adapted to the inconveniences you’ve caused since your arrival at our door. Such is our nature. 

 

This “new normal” has changed our lives in a number of different ways. I never would have thought we would be permitted to shop for groceries only on specific days, wear masks as part of a mandate whenever outdoors, or even having to rely on the internet so heavily to volunteer, work and even get the resources to maintain some semblance of life prior to your arrival. Even with the intensive social distancing measures, we have pulled through, thanks to the people who believe in doing the best in their individual capacity.

 

With your arrival came panic, disruption and distrust. It also brought out the best in us and many of my colleagues from the health care and essential services sector who work tirelessly on a daily basis to ensure our daily needs are met. Friends, family and acquaintances even turned to helping those in need during these trying times. Arranging grocery deliveries, food distributions and even medical transport. 

 

I’m one of the few budding nurses who (while still considered young and inexperienced by many in the force) are hell bent on getting rid of you.

The day passes slowly as we’re still in the midst of the circuit breaker. While I consider myself lucky to be able to attend classes from home, having lessons on Zoom possesses its own unique challenges. How are we to become those who put their lives on the front line if we don’t get the physical skills required for certain procedures? 

 

As night falls, the fear of having yet another cluster near me and my loved ones keeps me awake. You have taken away many conveniences and deprived us of physical contact with our loved ones, but through this adversity you have steeled our resilience, resolve and determination to see to it that we rise above it all. 

 

I can’t wait to see how we’ll grow from these tough times and adopt best practices after you’re gone. 

Aaron Lim

09 May 2020