Called to Rise: America’s Frontline During the COVID-19 Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has altered virtually every aspect of American life. To get through this unprecedented crisis, we look to our nation’s helpers. During this pandemic, first responders continue to provide life-saving support in emergencies. As always and perhaps now more than ever, these professionals are foundational to a functional society. Corrections professionals continue to provide safety and...
Called to Rise: America’s Frontline During the COVID-19 Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has altered virtually every aspect of American life.

To get through this unprecedented crisis, we look to our nation’s helpers. During this pandemic, first responders continue to provide life-saving support in emergencies. As always and perhaps now more than ever, these professionals are foundational to a functional society.

Corrections professionals continue to provide safety and security within our jails, prisons and juvenile detention facilities.

Public health professionals are LITERALLY on the frontlines. They are triaging and supporting patients, potentially in numbers that exceed capacity. The physical, psychological and spiritual impact of this work can’t be understated.

Members of the military, such as the National Guard and Reserve, are assisting with planning, logistics and medical support. Soon, if not already, they may build or re-purpose facilities for medical services.

Public works professionals continue to ensure we have running water and electrical power. They collect our garbage and repair infrastructure. Thanks to them, we feel some semblance of comfort and containment.

America’s educators are adjusting to providing instruction online or from a distance (i.e., “work packets”), often without platforms or resources, and in many cases for students who lack access to technological resources. This is a massive undertaking.

Public transit of professionals are rigorously trying to protect themselves from coronavirus on the job as they provide mobility for health care professionals, public service employees, and providers of essential services.

Attorneys continue to represent clients, including the indigent, to ensure that juvenile cases and those recently arrested are provided with the best possible access to representation and processing. Attorneys are also are prosecuting those who engage in exploitative practices such as price gauging, scamming, and promotion of bogus COVID-19 treatments.

Though Frontline Psychological Services & Wellness, Inc.’s scope of practice does not include the professionals who work (a) at grocery stores, drug stores, and other places that stock and sell essential goods, (b) as part of facilities and janitorial staff, (c) for companies such as the United States Postal Service or UPS, among other professionals, we honor your critical contributions to our nation now and always. Indeed, this time of crisis gives us pause to reflect about how life-sustaining your contributions are!

Finally, some special recognition for Frontline workers who:

  • manage chronic illnesses of their own or provide care for persons who manage such illnesses
  • provide care for aging persons (e.g., parents, grandparents, neighbors)
  • provide care for children on top of managing frontline work and/or supporting a frontline partner

 

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