Nothing since the guns fell silent at the end of the Second World War has quite tested our collective resolve like coronavirus.
It has been an intense and exhausting few months in which unheard of terms such as pandemic, shielding, social distancing and self-isolating have become part of our daily lexicon.
Indeed, dictionary collator Collins even named ‘lockdown’ as its word of the year, such has been its prominence during 2020.
But during this fraught and frightening period The Courier has had the privilege to document many life-affirming moments of joy, happiness and selflessness.
The carer community and the NHS have been behind many of those positives.
During the first period of lockdown in spring members of the public stood on their doorsteps to clap for carers and adorned their houses with rainbows to show their support.
The Courier has a vital role in scrutinising how the taxpayer-funded NHS operates and the healthcare outcomes it achieves.
However, our admiration for the institution and the incredible doctors, nurses and support staff that work within it, is unflinching.
Today The Courier says a sincere thank you for all your efforts to date, and for those yet to come.
As a nation, we are truly grateful.
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Courier readers praise health workers
Gillian Webster, 45, from Gauldry, said: “I would like to thank every member of NHS staff, from porter to midwife to consultant doctor, for their admirable and unwavering dedication and commitment during the pandemic.
“Each and every NHS worker is doing a magnificent job in the face of unprecedented adversity and ever-changing regulations. They truly are the unsung heroes of our generation.”
Doug Binnie, 66, from Broughty Ferry, said: “No one should ever underestimate the work and commitment of those who work in our NHS.
“If you are inconvenienced by having to wear a face mask briefly as you visit a shop, think about those wrapped from head to toe in personal protective equipment for their entire working day in a very difficult and challenging environment. Then stop complaining.”