The World Health Organization estimates that 115,000 healthcare workers have died treating COVID-19 patients. Right now, health and care practitioners around the world continue to risk their lives to care for those suffering from the virus.
At last week’s World Health Assembly, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres paid tribute to these health workers, whom he described as the “heroes of this pandemic.” And he once again called for the urgent need for vaccines to be made available to everyone, everywhere.
Until that happens, we must continue to take the steps we can to help stop the spread of the virus. Following COVID safe behaviours such as wearing a mask and washing hands does help save lives. And when we can, taking the COVID-19 vaccine will protect not just us, but our communities too – lessening the strain on our healthcare workers.
We each have the power to help save lives.