Health Workers Under Immense Pressure from Virus
By Space Coast Daily // August 6, 2020
As the coronavirus continues to ravage the states, healthcare workers continue to put their lives on the line as they fight the battle on the front line.
As Florida’s virus cases continue to increase dramatically, more and more strain and pressure are being put on the healthcare system as doctors and nurses attempt to protect and prevent patients from being sick.
Florida continues to set daily records for the current pandemic, as testing fights to keep up with the numbers. If you’re under a current lockdown mandate where you’re located, it might be worth trying to help relieve a bit of the pressure on the health care system by opting for at-home testing.
While you can’t test yourself for COVID at home, there are other at-home tests that you can take yourself, instead of making an appointment with your doctor.
This way, you can free them up to deal with acute patients. From at-home STD tests, flu tests, and an at-home UTI test, there are a number of practical at-home tests you can make the most of right now without having to leave your house.
Florida is Setting New Daily Records
COVID is showing no signs of slowing down, especially in Florida. Each day brings a new record of cases, and while hospitals in various locations still have room to take in new patients, healthcare workers on the front line are feeling the pressure.
Marissa Lee has been a nurse for 30 years and is a part of the labor and delivery team at Osceola Regional Medical Center, close to Orlando. She says that there have been nurses on her floor that have been exposed to COVID through their work, even though they aren’t necessarily in direct contact with infected patients.
Lee says that some of her fellow nurses have even caught the virus, and she believes that this is the result of a lack of the correct protective gear, as well as the state allowing things to reopen too soon.
Moonlighting Nurses Overwhelmed
Based on a lack of resources and numbers, many nurses have been forced to work in departments outside of their expertise. They’re also being assigned a daily list of patients that is much higher than normal, so they receive a much bigger workload to complete in the same amount of time.
Lee says that it’s almost inevitable that someone is going to get neglected, and as a nurse, there’s no way that she would ever want any patient to feel this way. She also says that she recently had to turn down taking on overtime, as she just felt the strain too much of the job.
Dr. Angus Jameson of Tampa General Hospital says that the situation is only getting worse. He believes that the current staff he has available to him simply can’t keep up with what’s coming through the doors. Healthcare workers are working non-stop to try and keep the community safe, but it’s not enough.
As a result, nurses are pleading with politicians to take notice and do more to protect them as they continue to battle COVID on the front line.
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