New directive from hospitals for employees

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Same at the hospitals near me. We do have cases in our intensive care

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

Direct contact with a positive and no need to wear a mask? Good to know…

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Same here

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Unbelievable. What healthcare workers are being asked to do across the country is …there are no words. You guys are heroes.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

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jannigirl :  we had this instruction up til last Monday. Then they updated it that you need to be self-isolated for 7 days.  What annoys me the most in our current policy is that pregnancy is the only consideration amongst staff. Seriously, what about all the other employees in risk groups. They don’t matter?

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

I’m so glad to be at the hospital and clinics I’m at. They are requiring us to be masked with every patient, severely limiting the types of exams we do (emergent only), limiting visitors, limiting entry points into the hospital, they are starting to temp workers at the start of every shift. This is vastly different than what I’ve heard from some other hospitals in my area. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Same here in the UK, my fiancée’s grandfather passed away this week from covid (we got the results Friday, two days after he passed) we saw him before he was hospitalised and saw his wife who he lived with the day he passed away, we also went to their house to help care for her as she has dementia. We both work in healthcare in patient facing roles with extremely vulnerable patients and have been told since we have no symptoms we need to come in and don’t need to take any extra precautions. I feel like this is a disaster waiting to happen, we could have covid right now and not know, there’s no way we can even get tested as they’re only testing extremely ill people. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee

Just to get this right… they’re telling healthcare workers in America that even if they’ve been exposed to covid they still need to go into work? And that they don’t need PPE? 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

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jannigirl :  What country are you in? That’s awful. `

Post # 13
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Busy bee

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butfirstchampagne :  yes this is in the US. If health care workers stayed home who will take care of the sick? Also not enough PPE available to wear it 

Post # 14
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Worker bee

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ashleyroo :  I’m confused as to your reasoning? If health care workers have been exposed to COVID they shouldn’t be working within a health care setting unless they’ve tested negative?

And if they have tested neg and are able to head back to the hospital for work, PPE is the most effective form of defence against this virus (apart from being confined). I’m shocked that people working the frontlines are being told that there’s no need to wear masks when they’re possibly exposed to contaminated people. 

Europe has been struggling with masks for weeks now and Trump has been so quick to say that the US healthcare is equipped to face such crisis. European health staff still has access to PPE and is actually forced to wear it yet the US doesn’t have enough of it? Seems contradictory. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee

That is just vile. The virus’s incubation period is 5-11 days. People who have been infected will not immediately show sympyoms, but can still spread it. 

My employer (a UK health charity) states that direct contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 warrants 7 day isolation. There is no official policy yet for contact with someone who is suspected but not confirmed to have it.

 

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