Covid-19 Update, part iii

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This is the second week of November 2020 and the United States has reached 10.3 million cases of individuals infected with covid-19, and 244K deaths. According to the news media, Texas has become the new epic center due to cases that are soaring in the city of El Paseo. As of this date, Texas has 1 million cases and hospitalizations and 19.3K deaths.

It is reported that some healthcare facilities around the country are asking nurses that test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms, to return to work and take care of COVID-19 patients. Personally, I do not believe that is a safe practice. This would put other staff and their families at risk. Contrary to what others may believe, nurses are not expendable. Health care providers are tired and frustrated, but continue to provide care to the inconsiderate public.

To curve this public health issue, it is imperative that the public does their part to reduce the spread of this virus. Hospital staff would appreciate your diligence as well as your neighbors and friends. Many individuals still believe this virus is a hoax, refuse to wear a mask, and social distance. I told a friend that we wear seat belts, get car insurance, and show up to work on time, so what is the problem, especially during a pandemic?

As we move into the winter months, the virus is projected to infect more individuals. Hospitalizations and deaths have increased since October. Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and it is suggested that we not get together or have our gatherings outside to ensure that we can social distance. You do not want to be the person who shares this virus with your family and friends because of your carelessness and stubbornness to follow the recommendations.

Do your part. We can eradicate this virus together and reduce transmission. Please take of yourself, social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands!

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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