“A year ago, I braced myself scared, unprepared for a deadly unknown. Today, I braced myself fearless and ready for the known that is deadlier. My assurance, I’m vaccinated. I can get sick but will not die or have a Stroke. Almost invulnerability when I am in frequent close contact with a virus that potentially can harm and kill me. Having my entire family vaccinated is hope that we’ll be okay as the 4th Surge rages on. No worries for the succeeding community outbreaks. That’s closest to being bullet proof. That’s closest to living again.”
Found out I got in contact with a positive COVID patient I swab for testing the day before.
What do to when in contact with the highly virulent Delta Variant having worn PPE and fully COVID vaccinated? NOTHING!
That’s what I’m told, “NOTHING.”
Until symptoms appears, vaccinated Healthcare Workers in contact with COVID patients resume work and life as usual. They have to wear their mask at all times except when inside their cars during lunch break. They clean and disinfect all room surfaces 1 hour post contamination then move on to call the next patient to use the same room.
Work flow goes on in an outbreak without disruption. Every room is precious when you expect a new patient anytime. No time to pause. No time to be concerned with germs because germs are our constant companion.
We don’t pick and choose who takes care of the highly infected, we just do it. No fear. No biases. It’s our job. It’s our profession.
We set aside personal differences so we can work as one team with one aim, save lives and restore health.
We don’t discriminate. We take care of everyone like they are our own friend and family. We don’t care if you’re insured or not. What we care is we see and treat you as a person we ourselves want to be treated.
What happens to our co-workers we may have infected? They go back to work whether they are aware or not of being in contact with a positive COVID person. Only when they start having symptoms does self quarantine takes effect. COVID test will be made and if confirmed positive, Staff stays home for 10 days. Instant vacation in bed rest.
If you’re wondering what happens to patients and visitors whom the infected staff had in contact with because of direct care and interaction, I too wonder because I have no idea what happens to them.
We are not allowed to warm you. So, we hope you’re okay. We pray you’re okay.
For patient and visitors, COVID contact tracing stopped last year. We don’t tell you. We let you be, worry free until you get sick.
If you start having Flu-like symptoms typical of COVID, particularly in Summer when there should be no Flu, you need to start your own diligent tracing where you got infected as well as who you possibly infected.
Public Health will no longer knock on your door and monitor your whereabouts. Waste of resources when they are understaffed and overworked.
It’s up to you to seek medical help and be tested and stay home to keep others around you safe. If you choose to go out and infect others, it’s your choice. No one will know except you. No one will stop you either.
It’s up to you to tell those you have in contact with to start observing themselves for COVID symptoms and practice infection prevention measures, or you can choose to keep silent.
Honesty, Accountability and Self Diligence are the assumed expectations but many are not doing them. For some, it’s unheard of.
There’s a rapid upward trend of COVID positivity due to the more contagious Delta Variant but less hospitalizations as compared to previous surges thanks to the highly effective vaccines. That’s the great news.
The bad news, non-vaccinated are the new vulnerable population regardless of age. They represent almost all of the hospitalized, the intubated and the recent dead. The mind boggling part is that many unvaccinated are not scared nor concerned at all. They do not wear mask and are attending full capacity mass events while the vaccinated are still wearing mask and avoiding crowded places. No explanation to such a bizarre behavior. It’s a very interesting phenomenon.
Heart breaking for something preventable, but people made their choices and we respect that. People who are doing the right thing however will eventually have a caring fatigue and will stop trying.
COVID thrives on irresponsibility and apathy to mutate. Soon our present vaccines may not work for the future mutations. The country spent billions only to go back from the start. All that death and sacrifice for nothing.
Increasing in significance, the fully vaccinated with Breakthrough COVID infections are capable of passing it to the next person via droplet mode of transmission like talking, coughing, sneezing and heavy breathing during a workout exercise.
Yes, fellow vaccinated, we can infect others with COVID. Shocker, right? We can carry a viral load capable of infecting anyone including our unvaccinated children younger than 12 years old.
Problem is when we are not aware that we are infected, and testing has become optional at work.
“My Body, My Choice,” applies to me too and every Healthcare Worker. We don’t have to be Political to appreciate the power and freedom of being able to decide what’s best for ourselves, body, mind, heart.
Entitlement is a Universal Human Right, not a privilege for those who think they are the “exceptional” few.
So if I don’t want to be tested because I’m busy or it doesn’t feel important, I can skip it. No obligation. No liability. No worries. No guilt. Too callous for all of that and that callousness is spreading like the surges to Healthcare and Frontline Workers.
People learn quicker by what they see and experience when happening continuously. Medical Professionals even faster because studying, learning, memorizing, adapting new knowledge and skills are what they do best for most of their lives. They are smart and highly trained. They are the perfect weapon if given in the wrong hands. They are the perfect Miracle Heroes if molded and motivated right.
Don’t be scared of bioterrorism via mail but be afraid of walking bioterrorism carriers. They are everywhere and everyone. They are our friends, family, co-workers, people we interact everyday.
COVID is relentless. It is resourceful. It will continually modify to suit our lifestyles and behaviors. It will be here longer than our lifespan.
It only takes 6 months to create a Super Variant that infiltrate Cities and Countries from around the World, Super Powers included. This is something people should have realized by now given the abundance of Scientific truth and experience.
How long we can outlast COVID without safety measures should be a question we all should be asking ourselves now that we’ve witnessed what this monster can do even with the vaccines.
Be afraid? Only if we are not ready to die yet. Be concerned? Only if we care. Otherwise, we skip, ignore and just enjoy, enjoy, enjoy life like we used to before COVID.
Our Choice, Our Fun. Our Freedom, Our Funeral.
“No one believed me when I said, there will another Summer Surge. People kept saying we are vaccinated. The past 2 weeks, people are quiet from disbelief that they are wrong and reliving last year’s COVID horror. The Fall and Winter Surges will happen as well, with its worse November till January. We underestimated a determined enemy, and it’s winning again.”
Sure, it will get worse before it gets better. 250,000 new cases/day and more than 1,000 deaths/day worse before it gets better Spring of next year. All that hard work and sacrifice thrown to the wind. Another dark Winter of loss and misery is coming. Haven’t brace myself on that yet. I will enjoy this Summer to its fullest before it’s over. It’s what people do in vacation.
Caring Fatigue has began, and it will be just as contagious. Your so called Heroes? Well, they don’t feel heroic at all. The are exhausted and frustrated. They are realizing how good it feels to choose themselves first and their families. Their body, their choice. Oh no, they can think. Oh no, they can feel.
Their body, their choice. Where in for a big trouble if more will wake up to this realization.
Epic tragedy when the selfless joins the selfish. Who will save us then? Ain’t our Governors for sure, they are too busy for themselves.