I have faced the virus weeks before Public Health admitted COVID was already community acquired. I have been asking screening questions 2-3 weeks outdated because Public Health said so, and have to ignore what I have been observing with my own eyes. But this was 2 years ago. Things would have been better, smoother, more organized and transparent by now.
2 years after, I still can not think smart where stupidity and robotic submission are preferred for being non-provocative. The cycle is repeating again. I have to act dumb and just follow the script literally for job security. I’m suppose to just follow and not awaken People for what is really happening around them. I’m not suppose to pull the alarm. It’s not my place. I’m just a worker.
Some Employers New COVID Written Policies,” Healthcare providers (HCP) who test positive for Covid-19 and are asymptomatic may return to work immediately without isolation and without testing.” –NBC News
About 9,000 Americans are dying of COVID every week. Preliminary state data suggest that more than 90 percent of today’s deaths are still among unvaccinated people. This year, COVID is on pace to kill more than 300,000 unvaccinated people.- The Atlantic 1/10/22
I am just one of the many thousands of Healthcare Workers who knew we are presently in an emergency danger level but can’t do anything about it. Implied silence. Agreed silence. Fear silence. Comfort silence. No Care Silence.
2 years have passed, how come we are seeing a repeat of the same pattern of events?
Overwhelmed but unaddressed. Burned Out but no way out. Suffering Mental Health Crisis but not allowed to fully go through their own crisis. This is the unresolved growing truth in the lives of every Doctor, Nurse, Respiratory Therapist for more than 2 years since the COVID Pandemic began.
With each added year, a fraction of the irreplaceable experienced professionals will leave, retire, choose a less stressful job, department or specialty. We haven’t seen the worst of understaffing in hospitals and clinics yet, but we’ve seen its fatal outcome for those neglected of life saving timely medical care.
Fast forward COVID with its more resistant, highly evolved variants in 10 years. We should be concerned. But sure, let’s not be alarmed yet. We may not make it that far anyway.
The long lines for testing, the increasing number of sick calls among all fields of Essentials, the doubling, tripling of daily new cases and symptomatic are happening now. Has been the last 3 weeks.
Whether we believe Omicron is a serious threat or not, if our work involves direct person to person interaction, chances are many of us will be infected with the Omicron without even knowing it this year.
We could be Patient Zero in our work place first outbreak.
We are now in a new emergency phase. But we are not suppose to talk about it. We need to keep it quiet and be non-disruptive.
We are suppose to just focus on work and pretend there is nothing seriously wrong that is being passed around as quickly as breathing.
The difference between a Nurse and a Teacher? A Teacher with a strong Union can opt for online schooling to protect self during an outbreak. A Nurse with or without Union has to work in person during an outbreak because it’s a job requirement.
Let us begin the year more informed. Let us start our year, owning our own actions. Omicron is just starting its trajectory goal in the United States. It can mutate further to be as deadly serious like Delta or be replaced by a more superior variant.
Deltacron, a combination of Delta and Omicron can hit Summer . No idea of how it evolved, but it’s already been identified.
The Global Pandemic was built on layers of lies and propaganda that is still being covered up with more lies starting off at Wuhan. Secrets to avoid panic. Secrets for power and control. Secrets to cover darkness.
A strange unity of confusion is emerging, a common inability to decipher conflicting advice and clashing guidelines coming from government, science, health, media and other institutions. – The Washington Post
Nobody cares anymore. Nobody cares about you and me. We transitioned from COVID fatigue to I don’t care.
We are spreading Omicron ourselves by thinking we don’t have it. I have heard this so many times when Patients are asked why they need to see a Doctor, “I have sore throat but it’s not COVID,” “I have runny nose, but it’s not COVID,” “I have headache, cough and fever. It’s Colds, not COVID.” It’s anything but COVID.
I was stunned for a moment when my lobby was in max capacity, half with possible Omicron, half not. Patients seem not concern they are next to a coughing person. Staff seem not concerned the lobby has become a super spreader area. I was alarmed for my Patients. So I went out, took the lead in helping and delegating, like a Traffic Policeman. Lobby empty in 10 minutes.
I guess I still cared, if not, I would have just let People infect each other. I’m just one however. This is not the general thinking anymore of many Healthcare systems, Indoor businesses and public facilities. Been to the Mall lately?
The things they don’t tell us? A lot.
2022 will be better if we use our Freedom to think, decide and act independently. The year will be safer if realism, wisdom, transparency and honesty will be readily made available.
Knowledge has a moral obligation called conscience. Wisdom has a burden called doing the right thing. Some are immune to both and we allowed them to play Gods. And the Gods are winning…again.
How do we end the vicious cycle of disease, death, business disruptions, lies and apathy? What can we do differently in 2022 that we have not tried in 2020 and 2021?
Time to use our Brain and hope the heart is brave enough to follow it.