5 DAYS IN THE ER |  Jessica Bussert  |  Founder & CEO Tuesday, May 5th

I’ve just finished a five day run of shifts in the emergency department.  I’m exhausted, shell shocked, and more than a little despondent.  I think part of the reason things have been so difficult for me is a big feeling of hopelessness that has been growing over the past week or so.  Here’s what has been going on:

After each shift I walk back to my apartment, shower, and watch a little news while eating my dinner before going to bed.  The thing is, particularly over the past five days, the news has been filled with stories of total frickin’ idiots ignoring the stay at home orders, wandering around without even basic masks, and intentionally trying to derail everything I’ve been trying to do here in New York.

mask protestors

Many are screaming about how their constitutional rights are being violated while completely disregarding the constitutional rights of those that they are infecting!

There have been multiple acts of violence and even a couple of murders all because some fool didn’t want to wear a mask.  Many of these disease vectors (because that is exactly what they are) are screaming about how their constitutional rights are being violated while completely disregarding the constitutional rights of those that they are infecting!  A wise person once noted that your right to wildly swing your arms around ends when your fist hits my face.  When you go around spreading your disease to me and my loved ones you are assaulting us.

Folks, a huge number of healthcare providers have put their lives on hold, traveled halfway across the country, and put themselves in the frontlines of a deadly battle.  Many have paid the ultimate price for their efforts to try and serve our nation during its time of need.  When you walk around without a mask, when you ignore social distancing, when you belligerently confront those of us who are taking proper precautions, you are spitting on the graves of all those people who have lost their lives to this battle.

Did you know that more American lives have been lost to the virus than were lost during the Vietnam War?

Show some respect, people, and put on your damn masks.