If you are scrambling to get things done and can only read one thing, consider reading this Twitter thread by Conor Browne.
1/ I would like to introduce you all to my mother, Margaret Browne. My mother has lived in @beaumont_care Galgorm Care Home in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, since Christmas 2020, just before the ongoing pandemic began. pic.twitter.com/721v4LJ5UH
If your time is limited today and you can only read one Twitter thread, might I suggest this one? You are apt to find it of interest and time well spent.
It has taken a bit but I am becoming more convinced:
1. The initial outbreak took everyone by surprise 2. The initial response was based on the belief this is a severe disease (it is) 3. NPIs (virtual school, WFH, social distancing) would be effective to mitigate (they are)
As greater emphasis is being placed on “getting on with life” or at the very least “learning to live with COVID-19” people who are immunocompromised, disabled or have medical issues that put them or those they care for at risk are being isolated, alienated, ostracized and ignored by much of society. In an article entitled, “Those who are Disabled and Immunocompromised need to be supported, not ignored,” Eva Williams describes this new reality. According to her, “The way that vulnerable people are currently being treated is nothing short of barbaric.” Click here to read Williams’ article.
Every so often there is a Twitter thread that is a definite must read. This thread by Katie Babcock is one of them. In addition to the thread, you might want to read the comments by fellow Twitter users as well.
A common theme in media is that vulnerable people “feel” left behind by the lack of COVID protections. We don’t feel left behind – we have been left behind and what being “left behind” means is that we’re either forced to isolate or forced into situations that could kill us. 🧵
“Primary care is the bedrock foundation for our healthcare system and the collapse of this will have after shocks felt at all levels of health care delivery. Having a family physician means promoting preventative medicine, doing outpatient work ups re directing care away from overwhelmed ER departments when appropriate, providing earlier more manageable disease diagnosis, collaborating with specialist and ensuring you get the best care possible. We are instrumental in decreasing the number of in patients and over capacity at the hospital. We help transition patients to short stay units, long term care or follow up on our discharged patients, and some of us even do house calls for the infirm. Good care means taking initiative and ensuring our patients don’t fall through the ever enlarging cracks in the system.”
Given that healthcare workers have been dealing with the pandemic for over two years, it is fully understandable that many of them are burnt or burning out. Howevever, as the following statement suggests, the underlying reason for healthcare worker burnout may have existed well before the pandemic began.
“Our system was not okay before COVID-19. It was functioning because of the people in it, and because they give 110 percent every time they come into work….The cracks that were there widened and it became apparent to everybody.”
If you have not had the opportunity to read this Twitter thread, you might want to do so. It is definitely worth the time.
What I imagine a chief public health officer would write, but can't: “Dear citizens, I write to explain some difficult realities. We are tired of fighting Covid-19. Our strategy was entirely based on vaccines, and though they are amazing, their benefits are proving fleeting…
Cold hard facts about the effect of Wave 5 on healthcare in AB:
1. non-ICU acute care is significantly above capacity with both COVID and non-COVID related illnesses. 2. ERs are seeing unprecedented wait times. 3. EMS is stretched very thin – many areas with no ambulances. /1