During COVID the one thing that is certain is uncertainty. Politicians and world health leaders flip-flopped on protocols. Experts disagree on everything from the use of masks to school closures. So, who you gonna trust?
Trust is a strong word with heavy commitment. We use it as a part of our foundation for relationships with people, places and things. Trustworthy sources matter most when it comes to health matters.
Early into COVID, I made a decision to trust Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, chief medical officers in Alberta and BC, respectively. Why? Because, Dr. Henry, nor Dr. Hinshaw were in a popularity contest. The information and directives they presented, often unpopular, were based on science and their professional abilities. Both were able to help “flatten the curve” in their provinces.
Dr. Hinshaw and Dr. Henry have been widely commended for their calm and measured delivery in press briefings, their solid command of the pandemic response and genuine expressions of empathy for those suffering from the disease.
In March, Dr. Hinshaw cautioned Albertans not to turn to “misinformation.” She consistently supplies so much detail so people won’t go looking for it somewhere less reliable.
The religious community, and some fundamentalist leaders in particular, questioned Dr. Hinshaw’s ability to set respectful protocols for church gatherings. During a province-wide Q & A with religious leaders, I heard Dr. Hinshaw credit her pastor for emailing a daily, personal prayer as a source of her assurance. She spoke with humility, care, grace, and wisdom.
Life advances at the speed of trust. How have you found assurance during COVID? Who have you decided to trust?
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