Healthcare systems are preparing for the long months ahead on how they will deal and approach the relentless COVID-19.
Research suggest New Coronavirus kills 5-10 people for every 1,000 it infects. Fatality rate varies with age and access to healthcare.
In 5 months, data from John Hopkins University shows more than 142,000 Americans have died from the New Coronavirus. That number can exceed 200,000 when the pandemic collides with the peak season of Flu this coming Fall and Winter. Flu season can last till May 2021.
All signs of impending disaster are here. Uncontrolled COVID-19 new cases ravaging many states, hospitals bed capacity being steadily filled, a Leader that refuses to lead and save his people from the deadly pandemic, a nation struggling to unite and set aside differences, a worsening economy as business restrictions and closures continues, an increasing belief that the soaring Coronavirus numbers are all made up.
The Coronavirus Surge we are experiencing is NOT a hoax. It’s a real frightening virus that affects real people. The media reports are true. What Fauci is saying is true. To confirm the truth, all we have to do is visit our community Emergency Rooms and COVID-19 drive thru testing sites. They are real people who are sick being attended by real medical professionals who place themselves at risk of infection everyday doing what they do.
No one is trying to spread falsified positive COVID-19 results. All that data are reported cases to Public Health from all the Healthcare facilities around the country. We are legally and ethically obligated to report positive results as soon as we receive them to protect public health and safety.
Healthcare workers are the no. 1 advocates of patient care. They will put themselves at harms way and risk trouble to ensure patients are given the best and safest care possible.
Thursday, more than 77,000 new cases of Coronavirus was reported. This not a hoax.These are real results from people who got infected for the past 2 weeks.
Since after Memorial Weekend, outpatient clinics have seen a daily increase of patients with Flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches and headache.
More and more patients are presenting early with loss of smell and taste as the virus attacks the Nervous System. Once associated with Gastroenteritis, diarrhea and vomiting are now considered COVID-19 symptoms. Some just present with fatigue, tiredness, loss of appetite or rash.
The virus compared to how it has presented in February has expanded which only makes one wonder, “Has the virus mutated and how many strains are there now?”
Exposure Day 1 Reset
Healthcare Worker’s Exposure Day 1 reset is the first day of self observation and monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms after taking care of a possible COVID-19 patient. The vigilance and fear doubles when the patient lab results confirms COVID-19. My day 1 reset was yesterday.
Wearing Mask Works!
Until we had our antibodies checked for COVID-19, everyone at work thought we got infected at some point but thank God, not a single one did. What kept us safe? Wearing the simple surgical mask.
When we first started seeing patients with Flu-like symptoms, we were just wearing surgical mask, not N95. So, the mask recommendation does work. It is really intended to protect the person who wears it, not just prevent others from getting infected. Again, not a hoax or a political statement. It’s based on best clinical practice aimed to save lives.
The Story of the 3 Brave Heroes
CNN Jon Lemon featured the story of Kimberley, Jenna and Angela, three teachers from Arizona who contracted Coronavirus despite following all the safety guidelines of wearing mask, social distancing, using disinfectants and wearing gloves.
Jenna and Angela survived COVID-19 but Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, did not make it. Kimberley died June 26 at age of 61. She was a an amazing teacher who devoted her life for 38 years to the students of Hayden Winkelman School. She is a real person. She left behind a real family who misses her.
The story of the 3 brave heroes resonates because it is the story of all the teachers in America and the World. It is the story of everyone who are willing to risk their health and lives for the people and community they serve and care so much.
Let us turn our gratitude to caring, anger to kindness. Let the sacrifices we all started at the beginning of our fight against a common enemy, the New Coronavirus mean something by working together to reverse its impending doom.
We stop waiting for our leaders to take action and decide our fate. We take action and determine our own fate. We have more power and control than we think. Unified, there is no challenge we can’t accomplish, even the ones that seems impossible..
We are now living the very news we are watching about the COVID-19 pandemic. How the news ends, it’s up to all of us. Not some, all of us. We try to give our all until this is over.