Let’s all wear our masks as a sign of support and gratitude

Although the recent snow added to the lockdown disruption, my paramedic neighbour was still out and about, my friend has had his first coronavirus vaccination and mine is booked with me making trouble-free arrangements, thanks to the efficiency of Mosborough Health Centre, and my Star still delivered with its usual punctuality.

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 10:54 am

So still many things to be happy about but many of my age group are anxious until they get access to the vaccine.

The mounting death toll is still a matter for concern, particularly when we learn of new coronavirus variants.

I read also that countries in Europe are concerned about the UK importing this strain into their countries as we are receiving it from others, too, with the suggestions allegedly we have been too lax with the imposition of wearing of masks.

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Sheffield Star columnist Graham Moore of Westfield Health

Certainly, being a spectacle user, I get frustrated with my mask causing them to fog up and search for remedy without success, however I will persist and eventually find a solution.

However, this will not deter me as I regard it as my little effort to protect others, particularly those I get excellent and valued support from.

I am most grateful that my family had brought some much-needed supplies just before the snow took hold.

I appreciated also that, even with it laying thick, my local pharmacy delivered my regular prescription too.

A Police Community Support Officer patrols the centre of Doncaster in a face mask for protection

This reminds me the admiration I have of those workers who, in spite of the risks of the pandemic and the inclement weather, are for us when we need them day in, day out.

We have quite rightly focused on heroic NHS and care home staff but even they could not support us without a whole army of workers to make sure they have life’s essentials.

We expect to access food, medicines, emergency services to be there for us, energy to be provided, public transport to operate, bins to be emptied, children to be taught and newspapers written, to name but a few.

The reality is we are in this battle to fight the pandemic together but we can only succeed by the skill of our scientists, the NHS and as importantly us all supporting each other and following the advice we are given.

That is why I welcome having a vaccine shortly but will still wear my mask, be thankful for all those who keep me safe and put themselves at risk by their incredible support.

Wearing our masks, whilst a necessary precautionary measure, perhaps also should now be a visible sign of our support and gratitude for the army of frontline workers, family and volunteers who keep us safe.

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