Dear Fellow Zion’s Hill Families,
My name is Caroline Gulati, and as some of you may know, I am a pulmonary and critical care physician with Pulmonary Associates of Stamford. I am also a mom of three with my youngest in the Three’s. ZHPP has had a special place in my heart since we moved here 7 years ago.
Needless to say, 2020 was miserable. But we learned a lot about COVID. We learned that gatherings, even outside, can spread the infection. We know that 75% of the cases in the recent surge are due to friends and families gathering in their homes. We learned that rapid tests are only 40% accurate if you don’t have symptoms (choose the slower PCR!). We learned that coughing, sneezing and even talking within 6 feet of someone else can spread COVID. We also learned that people can feel fine and still be infected, and that their spread to another individual can be deadly. I witness this every time I step into the hospital. I have had to tell spouses, children (as young as 1), siblings, that their loved one has died. And they couldn’t even be with them when they passed. COVID is a lonely death. And, despite what we have learned, we have not learned exactly who will die from it and who will be left with the need for chronic oxygen and who will be asymptomatic.
Now in 2021, we are all hopeful to get back to living life with family and friends with a vaccine being rolled out. We are so anxious to get back to normal, now complacent and tolerant of the deadly numbers spit out on the news every day, that we are starting to slip. While we may think, “it won’t be me, this is a safe playdate,” we are encouraging laxity and spreading it to families within our community and those we may not even know. Members of our ZHPP community have been affected, losing loved ones in the blink of an eye.
While I don’t want to sadden anyone further, I wanted to write to our family, our ZHPP family, and encourage all of you to “finish strong.” We are so close. So please, as much as you have heard it before, wear a mask, don’t go to restaurants and opt for take out, see friends outside with masks from a distance (we personally love biking in the parking lots!), and make safe choices–for your family and our larger community.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, ideas or just to run something by me.
I am looking forward to the summer and next school year eagerly. Tumble Jungle 10/2021 anyone??