Over the years, I have wondered why there was an inherent disregard for my profession. I realized in later years that it was less about people being disrespectful of nurses and more about people associating nurses with the bad times that they experienced. People tend to want to forget their hospitalizations and everything connected to it. But now in a pandemic, we need our nurses, doctors, the many other healthcare workers and our hospitals. With the repeated resurgences of the virus, hospitals are overextended and no one is listening to those who operate inside the walls.
Why is America not listening?
Many people are hopeful with Biden coming into office, along with the vaccine/s possible availability on a wide-scale by 2021. However, the upcoming vaccine and the Biden administration will be too late to have any effect on the current surge. Let’s hope America gets smarter after this third resurgence. As I noted in my previous article, the vaccine is no magic bullet: We will still need to wear masks and practice physical distancing and handwashing while the vaccine is administered and takes effect. With hygienic measures and a vaccine, we will be able to bring this virus under control, but it will take time. So far too many Americans are not willing to make their contribution; they do not understand the workings of a public health crisis.
According to the experts in the field: “The best strategy remains the obvious one: Keep people from getting infected at all. Once again, the fate of the U.S. health-care system depends on the collective action of its citizens. Once again, the nation must flatten the curve. This need not involve a lockdown. We now know that the coronavirus mostly spreads through the air, and does so easily when people spend prolonged periods together in poorly ventilated areas. People can reduce their risk by wearing masks and avoiding indoor spaces such as restaurants, bars, and gyms, where the possibility of transmission is especially high (no matter how often these places clean their surfaces).” But too many Americans are not listening to the experts” (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/11/third-surge-breaking-healthcare-workers/617091/?fbclid=IwAR2szglnrAnSBzIPo7HvbId0_3oNlsEXCj7Yl8Umimm-DHkKLglLg2Lw4hY).
Meanwhile, we should really be taking the effects of this virus seriously. Here are a few examples as of November 2020:
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