Patriotism Means Protecting

The tiny spark lifts off into the sky. You don’t see or hear anything yet, but then… BOOM! Jolly lines of colors emerge, glittering through the sky (not to mention the ear-splitting noise that accompanies them). Fireworks have become a symbol of patriotism and an expression of excitement. We shoot them off on July 4th, commemorating our country’s birth. In honor of the upcoming holiday, we’re going to explore a brief history of fireworks.

The first known fireworks were created around 800 A.D. in China. They thought they had created a way to gain eternal life. What they actually created was an early version of gunpowder. At first, the Chinese put their powder into bamboo and threw it into fires to create explosions. However, they eventually discovered ways to make it explode without throwing it into the fire, and they were able to create the first explosive weapons. During Europe’s Middle Ages, the firework business split into two branches: one, for fine-tuning the destructive capability; and the other for increasing fireworks’ artistic potential. Then, during the Renaissance, Italian scientists added other minerals and metals to the artistic fireworks to make them available in different colors. Fireworks were especially popular with British nobles, who used them as entertainment or to mark special occasions, such as coronations and weddings. Eventually, fireworks made their way to the “New World”, likely being brought over by some of the earliest European settlers. Our founding fathers enjoyed them, too; John Adams even envisioned that these “illuminations” would be used to celebrate the birth of our nation. He was absolutely right.

Some fireworks are single explosions, but the most grand ones have chain reactions. You know what else is a chain reaction? You guessed it: the spread of COVID-19. This virus is extremely “explosive”, too… and NOT in a fun way. But how do we stop it? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together a set of social distancing guidelines along with a list of preventative activities. This list includes actions like cleaning high-touch surfaces, washing your hands, and wearing masks- all of which are helpful when it comes to “stopping the spread”. At Ecohealth KC, we are committed to providing you the highest quality products to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19. Our KN-95 masks filter out 95% of virus-sized particles. Now more than ever, following health guidelines and wearing masks is more than a suggestion. It’s our duty as American citizens to protect those around us. Just as fireworks are a symbol of patriotism, social distancing should be a symbol of patriotism: caring enough about your country to keep its citizens safe. (Good news, though. You can easily observe fireworks AND keep socially distant at the same time!)