What’s it like for me at work? Eerie.
The hustle and bustle of the Emergency Department is still there, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the outside. The hustle and bustle has also made its way upstairs, to the ICU. My scribe and I took a minute for some fresh air yesterday, and it felt so different.
No one comes in unless approved. No one touches anything. No more full lobby with patients sitting next to each other. No EMS providers are allowed inside until we know the patient story and ensure their PPE is removed appropriately. Last week, I found out about the #FilmYourHospital movement, attempting to prove coronavirus is a hoax...I couldn’t have been more livid. Hospitals in New York are overflowing, with more deaths than they can keep up with. Hospitals in other areas may or may not look the same. It’s not because coronavirus is “less serious” than we thought. It’s because people are listening and following precautions!! Elective surgeries have been cancelled. Visitors are not allowed. People are being told to stay home unless symptoms are severe. So yeah, it seems eerily quiet on the outside. But to anyone who thinks they can film a hospital and cast conspiracy on a very real virus that has killed thousands of Americans. Shame on you. I hope it continues to stay quiet at these hospitals. I hope the numbers stay low. I hope the public continues to listen to the recommendations to stay home. And I hope these people find something better to do with their time off. Have you heard of this happening? If you’re in healthcare, what are you seeing??
Please, spread the word and education. The last thing we need during this time is dangerous misinformation.
Submitted by: Dr. Cassie Majestic, ER Doctor
Photo by: Zhen Hu via Unsplash