Hero—a word used to define a person or character with supernatural powers. It’s one who demonstrates unique strengths and abilities and acts courageously. However, the embodiment of a hero has evolved, particularly during these extraordinary times. There’s so much more to the definition.
For many, social distancing has become a way of life—particularly, as we adhere to safety measures meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Villains like Darth Vader and the Joker, and heroes like the Lone Ranger or Batman share one physical characteristic. Whether for evil or good, they all don the power and mystery of the mask! Only seven months ago, if you were asked you to name someone who wears a mask, besides your doctor or nurse, at least one of these superheroes or villains might have been top of mind. Today is different. Today, you’d most likely name your friend or family member, first—undoubtedly, you’d say yourself!
Throughout the past several months, the word quarantine has become a regular part of our vocabulary. Undoubtedly, you have also heard the words isolate or isolation, as they relate to having been exposed to COVID-19. However, some still may be unsure about how quarantine and isolation differ. Although both are public health measures meant to keep the public and our communities safe from a contagion like COVID-19, they are very different.
This past weekend we lost two icons who were pivotal in advancing civil rights, Rep. John Lewis and Rev. Cordy Tindell Vivian. Both were spiritual leaders who studied theology at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee. Both were inspired by the teachings of Gandhi and advocated for peace.
Words. Words can change lives.
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Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College