One Half of the States are Subject to Hospital Staffing Shortages
‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges https://t.co/UDpe6Ls06N— STAT (@statnews) November 20, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: What good are adequate person protection supplies when you have no one to wear or use them? Patients are being transferred to hospitals, far away from the place of their diagnosis, to be taken care of. Hospitals are running out of healthy, non-COVID-19 infected staff. For instance, in Texas ICU nurses typically only take care of 2 patients but are now being pushed to care for 6 to 8 as staff numbers decline due to being ill with COVID-19. At least 25 states are having shortages of healthcare workers. Is your state on this list? More states will join this group.
How can you help? Practice all the measures to not contract COVID19. Wear masks over nose and mouth when in buildings and around others you do not live with, stay at least 6 or more feet away from another person, avoid groups of any size, do not leave your home if you are ill, wash those hands before touching your face, nose, mouth, eyes, and keep washing them, avoid being around anyone who is sick, avoid areas with poor ventilation, do not host a Thanksgiving meal or go to someone else’s house. Do not be part of the cause for increasing numbers of coronavirus cases. This increase in cases and deaths from COVID-19 very likely will continue through Christmas holidays time. Plan how you can make your holidays okay without getting together with those you do not live with. Virtual Christmas gift unwrapping can be made via Zoom, Facetime, Skype, etc. Until we have a vaccine we have to stop being fodder for coronavirus. If you do not contract COVID-19 and do not become a patient, you make it easier on the healthcare workers who are playing catch up at all levels. Be part of the solution not the huge pandemic problem we are living through. Do your part to stop the spread of Rona..Carol