Imagine being a nurse or a medical professional during a globalwide pandemic. I mean, think about it for a second. The long hours, the series of emotions and seeing tons of sick patients each day. Everyone is terrified of getting the coronavirus.
Currently, according to the CDC, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world with 239,279 cases and 5,443 deaths, as of April 3. Across the nation, medical workers are on the front lines of the coronavirus helping as many as possible. Health care professionals have mobilized to treat patients with the virus without any high-quality equipment.
This is why we health care workers deserve all our support and respect right now. This applies to all health care professionals. The ones who work in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, research labs or any type of health care. Let’s dive into their world, shall we?
According to CNN, a registered ICU nurse with University of Chicago Medicine, who asked not to be named, said she is scared about what the ICU could look like next week or so.
The nurse said that the number of patients is rapidly increasing on a daily basis and most of the workers are worried about what will happen next. The fear heightens in the hospital. The nurse also said that some of her co-workers did not want to eat or drink for 12 hours since they were too scared to take off and put on the same personal protective equipment.
Even though thousands of medical professionals are fearing what is to come in the next few weeks, there are other nurses like Melissa Thomas Scott who have to sacrifice work to keep her children safe.
Scott was a nurse in the acute care area, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. A video went viral of her quitting her job at her hospital due to concerns over COVID-19.
According to The Grio, Scott took to Facebook Live last Wednesday after being assigned to the floor with patients who have the coronavirus, also known as the “Corona floor.” Scott is a triple-negative breast cancer survivor. In the video, she thoroughly explained having to put her safety and health first, especially for her four children, who are between the ages of 1 and 17.
“My managers sent me to a floor that is being tested for corona," Scott said. "She knows my health history. She knows all of this. I quit. I care about the patients and all but my family and my life, they matter. They come first. She knows my health history. I told her that my kids don’t have anybody to go to. I can’t send my kids away like everybody else. I’m done. I’m leaving."
What shocked me the most is that Scott’s supervisor was aware of her health history and her concerns, but was not taken into consideration. Not only are health care professionals are risking their own lives helping patients, but some are even losing their jobs that they worked so hard and long for. It is frustrating to even think that people like Scott’s supervisor can tell a nurse to go to the “corona floor,” when they know their workers' health issues.
Ever since the coronavirus spread across the globe, the world has gone into a bit of a chaos. There are hundreds of thousands of cases in America, and we have heroes in our own communities doing the best they can making sure their patients survive to see the world and their loved ones again.
Once we understand what they do on a daily basis, the best thing to do is to show an act of kindness toward them. If you know anyone in the medical field or local nurses, even the ones who live in your own household, make sure to give them a stress-free environment when they come home. Help them feel the most relaxed, even if times are tough. Write thank you letters to them or use social media to express how thankful you are for their service. And remember, not all heroes wear capes.