March Madness: COVID-19 Edition

This year, March Madness has taken on a whole new meaning. People are literally in a state of panic, but I’m here to remind you that we need to all calm down. I had written a blog post about my thoughts on the coronavirus and my feelings remain unchanged. When speaking to people who are scared, I try to remind them that the only thing that has changed is our awareness. Virus and bacteria have always been around lurking in creepy alleyways just waiting for the right opportunity to infect.

This isn’t the mid-1800s, hand washing is not some new revolutionary practice. Staying home when one feels sick isn’t new, avoiding contact with high risk populations when one is sick isn’t new, cleaning and sanitizing public spaces isn’t new. Hospitals have always been and will continue to be the place where the most dangerous viruses and bacterias are. The public should avoid hospitals or be vigilant about hygiene when in hospitals. Maybe I feel this way because I’m a healthcare worker who’s constantly exposed to potentially harmful viruses and bacteria. This is part of my everyday life, these are the risks associated with my profession. I get to work everyday with amazing individuals who don’t hesitate for a second to run in the direction of danger. Therefore as a healthcare worker I’m here to share with y’all how we manage to stay alive each day… 

WE WASH OUR HANDS

Guys, it’s that simple! 

These are my tips: 

  1. Stop wearing gloves! It gives you a false sense of security, you’re still touching everything and thus contaminating everything and you’re using up limited resources that we healthcare workers desperately need. COVID-19 is NOT transmitted through absorption of the hands. You DO NOT need gloves. Wash your hands and avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth. 
  2. Stop hoarding food and supplies. If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is not deemed “high risk” by the CDC, STOP BEING SELFISH. By hoarding food and supplies you are diminishing the rations alloted to those at risk people who actually need them. If you do not leave your house and are not coming into contact with sick people you don’t need 50 gallons of bleach. But guess who does: the first responders, the healthcare workers, the elderly and those immunocompromised that need to disinfect their homes and clothes. For example, I leave my home each day to take care of sick people. When I return home I need to disinfect myself and my clothes to protect my family. I can’t find bleach. I’ve resorted to letting my clothes sit in the garage for >10hrs and cleaning it with hot water and detergent. Good thing COVID-19 isn’t a “super bug” that has built resistance to good old fashion soap and water.  

3. If you don’t have symptoms, stay away from testing centers and hospitals. Baptist Health South Florida is offering FREE virtual consultations through Care on Demand


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