Essential Employee – COVID 19

posted 3 days ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

Totally not the same situation, but my husbands company is trying to find loopholes to stay open and has designated him an essential employee. He cannot work from home. The company posted on their blog about all these new great initiatives they are doing to keep employees safe, including “stocking up on hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies” “prioritizing deep cleaning” and something like “we’ve gone over proper cleaning procedures with all employees”. They had to print this and post on the door. So my husband did not get any actual communication besides the email. No phone call to tak about this. No direction on “proper cleaning procedures” and DEFINITELY no additional cleaning products. The strongest thing in his office was windex. So he had to go buy his own shit to protect himself, and of course this was when peak hoarding was taking place. /rant

Anyways. I feel for ACTUAL essential employees. I am honestly appalled that this company is trying to skirt the law to try to group themselves into essential just so they dont have to close AND put my husbands health at risk doing so.  ok I guess /rant now. 

Hugs bee! I’m so sorry I don’t have anything constructive to say 🙁 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

 

 

I’m a nurse in sydney working in a hospital,  8 months pregnant. 

 

Today’s shift we ran out of face masks.  There are 5 patients awaiting results of covid 19 testing because they’re symptomatic. 

 

I’m scared.  I don’t know what to say.  

 

Stay home

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

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emsie :  

Bee, all I can say is to try to take comfort in the things we do know that are on your side.  First, I’m guessing by the tone of your post that you’re relatively young and healthy, seeing as how you didn’t mention being in a high risk health situation.  If you are young and healthy, eat healthy and get good exercise, then you will most likely cope very well should you contract this virus, and you would likely recover quickly with no lasting effects.  That’s not a promise.  No one can guarantee that.  But it is by far the most likely scenario for the young and healthy.

Second, you should not feel any responsibility for spreading this virus if you are taking what precautions you can, which may be minimal, I know.  You are an essential employee and you are there to try to monitor children’s safety at a time when they need you.  Domestic violence is on the rise as social stress is rising.  Do your job, let doctors do theirs.  No guilt.

Third, while there’s been quite a few statements of speculation on this board of what to expect post recovery on the topic of immunity, I’ll just say that the WHO and CDC are considering those who have recovered from the virus to be immune thereafter, although they can’t guarantee how long, they do express confidence of at least a year if not several years.  Very rarely does a virus escape immunity from its host.  To do so it usually either hides in nerve tissue (herpes, chicken pox-. But even from chicken pox people have near complete immunity for nearly a lifetime) or burrows into the immune system directly (HIV).  This virus shows no burrowing behavior and is in fact closely related to SARS-COV-1, which is well studied.  In any case, by the WHO and CDC, you can expect a mild case that is manageable at home without requiring medical intervention, followed by immunity so that you never have to worry about this virus again, especially since we do expect a vaccine eventually.

I’m not giving false hope, as I’m not guaranteeing a get out of jail free card.  But I’m encouraging you to proceed with hope that is based on science while you do a job that is valuable.  You are serving your community.  Thank you for your service.  I hope and pray that you will be safe and well despite the risks you are facing.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

Not in the same situation but I am scared (to put it midly) Every day I wake up and think it’s just a bad dream. Lots of things are on hold for me and I think that once it’s all over we are not going back to normal, it will be the new normal

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

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emsie :  

Ok.  That can matter.  Grave’s Disease would be the least of threats, if that’s what you have, as that can be well managed without immune suppressants.  If you have Hashimoto’s Disease, Addison’s Disease, or some other less common one, then your risk is higher than average.  If you develop symptoms, contact your doctor.  Self isolate and let someone keep in touch with you so that if your symptoms become severe, there is someone to get you to a hospital.  Take daily vitamins, extra vitamin C and a daily vitamin D.  If you develop a fever don’t mask it with over the counter meds and carry on.

You will still probably be fine, but consult with your doctor as to whether they think extra steps should be taken during treatment should you contract the virus.  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

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emsie :  

Run this by your doctor.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Oh, bee, I am so sorry. You do such important work, but that does NOT mean you ought to be exposed to this virus! And to carry it to others… I teach, and while I worry about our special ed students especially, we are still trying to do as much by phone or video chat as possible (more easily done with middle and high school students). You should not have so much on your shoulders. I’m sorry. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

If you continue to work, I would keep hand sanitizer with me. Take off all your clothes as soon as you get home. Wipe down everything (purse, folders, etc.) If you are able to meet with anybody on their patio, that would be safer than in the house. I’m a nurse and I’m a bit nervous. I fortunately don’t have any pre-existing conditions and neither does my husband. It’s still scary!! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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emsie :  

Hi Bee, I don’t want to post excessively on your thread.  You may be high risk, in which case, you shouldn’t feel any guilt about taking admin leave.  Please speak to your doctor.  Regardless of your decision, you may benefit from some self protection tips.  I second the advice about meeting on the porch if possible, but privacy rules may restrict that?  In any case, some Bees, myself included, compared ideas on a thread about cleaning last week.  This may have something applicable in it. 

https://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/cleaning-home-coronavirus/

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

I’m in child welfare too.. I’m in administration so I’m not going out to homes myself (but our workers are still expected to). It’s not right, safe, or fair imo. Stay safe and best of luck! 

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