Ray Bates on COVID-19 lessons learned. “The first is the importance of an adequate health care system for all. The existing inadequacies and inequalities that have been jarringly exposed because of COVID-19 must be corrected and replaced with services that will enable us to defeat this pandemic and also to be ready for the next one when it rears its deadly head.”

Ray Bates: “There was a period of time when one knew that a toilet would be required soon but for many of us the passing of years or medical conditions have drastically abbreviated the frequency need into a now-means-now.”

Ray Bates reflects on the new decade. “Long-term goals are being made in our immediate time frames where we have the most control. We must strive to make the right choices today to assist the right conditions tomorrow..”