The many stories in the Daily Sun regarding community events remembering 9/11 were moving and appropriate. Looking back on that terrible day and recalling those we lost is part of the healing process.
It’s worth noting, however, that in August of 2021, Center for Disease Control data reveals nearly twice as many Floridians died from COVID 19 as died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Preventing deaths from terrorist attacks can be complicated and costly as we learned from our efforts in Afghanistan. Saving lives from COVID, on the other hand, is relatively straightforward. In states where elected leaders promote basic health practices such as social distancing, mask wearing, and vaccinations, COVID cases and death are lower than in states like Florida where such practices are opposed by Governor DeSantis. Despite overwhelming evidence, the governor’s “head in the sand” approach to the pandemic is not working, he continues to oppose basic health practices.
Let us vow to remember and honor those we lost on 9/11 by following basic health practices that will stop the spread of COVID and save lives: Socially distance, get vaccinated, and wear a mask when indoors.