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Doctor’s Diary – COVID19 – We’re in this together

| Community | June 4, 2020

The 1996 movie Independence Day was a futuristic lesson in unity when the world fought for survival. Race, nationality, religion, social status, gender, educational level, nor political party played a role in this battle. We were one.

Similarly, when admitting patients to the hospital, I gather a team together strategizing a plan toward healing and returning them home. Patient well-being is the sole focus of the team, without any predilection or prejudice.

The world now faces a new challenge of COVID-19, while simultaneously an old illness of racial injustice lingers on…both taking human lives.

Those who divide, threaten, insult, and incite hate and animosity lack skill in leadership. When we work united as a team, we flourish. Divided, we fall.

“Black lives matter”, and our souls must be inspirited in this belief. But it also means fighting together, waving the same banner, supporting everyones efforts, and sacrificing for the common good.

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Those who can’t or won’t do this, must be left behind. For those of us who move forward and win this battle, our next fight will be “All lives matter.”

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

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