Nurse clarifies reason for clinic visit, “It says here you’re here today for STD check. Is that right? “
Patient answers, “Yes. I’m here to have my throat check for STD.”
Nurse explains, “Since you wrote you also have sore throat, is it okay if I assess your throat for signs of infection?”
Patient verbalized, “Okay, you may check my throat.”
Nurse after observing pharyngeal redness and bilateral tonsillar redness with swelling and white spots explains, “You can tell the Doctor you want a test for throat STD, but likely the Doctor will also recommend COVID and Strep Throat test as these they also present with sore throat.”
Patient responds, “Okay.”
Nurse about to perform throat swab specimen collection after Doctor evaluation and order. Patient blurted out after a phone notification, “Oops, I have COVID.”
Patient said it so casually without signs of concern that she just exposed the Nurse, the Doctor and everyone she came in direct contact with that day by omitting an important information. Patient said after, “They got me tested for COVID because I work at a COVID testing clinic and got exposed to a Patient.”
Nurse trying to look unbothered proceeded to do the throat swab less than 6 feet distance in a small poorly ventilated room. Nurse quietly said to self, “Thank God I’m wearing N95.”
Next Day result came. Patient’s COVID PCR test confirms positive for COVID. She is also positive for Strep Throat Infection. No STD in throat. Patient given Penicillin prescription for the Strep. No prescription for COVID, just advice to gargle warm water with salt for symptomatic relief.
A new subvariant of omicron, called BA.2, is driving most new COVID-19 infections around the world and now accounts for about 1 in 3 cases in the United States and more than half in certain regions, according to surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.- Miami Herald
There will be lots of “Oops I have COVID” exposure and contact moments for everyone. Each Person exposed will react differently from angry, to annoyance, to worry, to laughter to no big deal.
Nowadays, it’s no big deal for Healthcare Workers. That common. Nothing special. No priority treatment for those who will get the next COVID. All sick Patients will be treated equally and fairly. Everyone waits in the E.R. lobby based on Acuity. No more preferential treatment as we are way past crisis mode.
No more free Government Hospital Funding. People will have to pay via their own insurance or out of pocket for Hospitalization Stay and Treatment that can cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now, that part is no laughing matter. People will be in deep debt for a very long time. COVID becomes a very serious financial burden and liability.
Endemic means people will be responsible for paying for their own COVID related healthcare because we are passed Emergency Pandemic. Endemic means many testing and immunization clinics will be closed and there will be underreporting of COVID cases that will leave us blind as to how bad our next community outbreak will be.
2022 is the “Year of Whatever” for COVID. The answers to many of our questions will precisely be “Whatever” as well. Next several months will be unforgettable and interesting. Surprise to some, shock to others, no big deal for the rest.
As for me, I’m going for more vacays and nature road trips. After all, life has never been more short with all the events happening in our times. What happens next year, can wait for next year. Today and soon are what matters to me the most that they became a personal preferred lifestyle and mindset. No regrets. Just living in the moment day by day, month per month.
“Did I get COVID? Nope, still COVID Virgin and will remain so for as long as I can. Temptations begone!”