12/30/30 UPDATE FROM HOSPITAL HELL
My privacy is currently limited due to shared quarters and the lack of cell service in the on call room, as is my time, so I’m unable to be more responsive here.
I received my 1st vaccination of Moderna – sore arm, malaise, mild fever for less than 48 hours. I was able to work through it. I expect the 2nd vaccination to induce a greater immune response, but still to be manageable.
Our hospital system is under siege. Lines of ambulances, tents, refrigerator trucks for morgues, initial crisis standards of care and no end in sight. I’m living in a disaster movie.
We all suspect new strains are running rampant and that explains the explosive growth. We’re seeing younger and healthier patients too.
Deaths are spiking again too.
The new strains are better hunters. Their spike protein is more effective. So less virus needs to be present to cause infection. Remember, the virus will die without a host [you]. A well adapted virus spreads silently and has a lower lethality rate. SARS-COV-2 is an exceptionally well adapted virus. But understand, the greater the R naught, the larger the number of deaths and hospitalizations at one time. It doesn’t have to be more lethal in order for there to be more deaths. There are patients dying now that we could have saved three months ago.
I wrote months ago about letting this virus run was rolling the evolutionary dice. Sadly, the odds were not in our favor.
I need you to understand, masks alone are not enough. You must keep distance with masks. Masks must fit tightly. If you don’t have access to an N95, layers of tight fitting masks are necessary.
DON’T SHARE AIR.
This will be worse before it’s better.
God help us all.
@instructor144, in your hospital system, if you’re seeing patients with negative PCR but “Covid Lung” let your staff know to use a broader PCR test. The standard ones are often missing the new strains. Only the NIH/CDC can officially confirm a new strain, but trust me, it’s here.
She’s not here to reiterate it, let me do it on her behalf.
Things are very bad out there with the virus. Do your part: Distance, hands, masks. Hospitals are overwhelmed, it’s January 10th 2021 today, and this winter season will be very bad.
Our medical caregivers are fighting hard, just do your little bit to help the out.
This is why I am terrified that the UK government is still going to make me fly home due to my visa ending. Even though we must provide a negative test to fly it can still be taken 3 days before and in those hours/days until your flight you can still catch it and spread it on our 12 hr flight. Trust me I would NOT be leaving my house for anything if I didn’t legally have to! This is not a conspiracy theory or an infringement on your person rights. This is about helping save those who wouldn’t have died without selfish people breaking rules.