RLNC COVID-19 #3

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Welcome to Romano Law Nurse Corner

We are Susan Ramsey and Amie Goldberg, both practicing attorneys and nurses here at the Romano Law Group.  Here is a little more about each of us:

Susan

Susan Ramsey is both an attorney and an RN. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School, and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts.  She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force.  Ms. Ramsey actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of survivors, cases include injuries suffered by victims of professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence.

Amie 

Amie Goldberg is both an attorney and a certified APRN.  After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Whittier College, Ms. Goldberg attended nursing school at Emory University.  Ms. Goldberg’s professional experience started as a Registered Nurse at Egleston Children’s Hospital taking care of children with congenital heart disease. After a few years, she continued working in all areas of the hospital while attending Kennesaw State University on weekends in order to get her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner.  During her time as an APRN, Ms. Goldberg decided to attend law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.   Since graduating, she has mainly practiced in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation, fighting for the rights of injured people. Since joining the Romano Law Group, Ms. Goldberg has been the Director of the Opioid Litigation Project.  Ms. Goldberg also practices in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, bringing an inside perspective and knowledge to help get justice for our clients. 

COVID 19 #3

Should we all be wearing masks?

In recent weeks, facing public uncertainty about the coronavirus and a severe domestic shortage of medical grade facemasks, there has been adamant warnings against widespread use of masks, going so far as to argue that the members of the general public were more likely to catch the virus if they use them.

“Right now, in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, a well-known member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.  However, that was several weeks ago.

While we can all appreciate the need for healthcare providers to be properly protected with medical grade masks, there are those in the healthcare community who are beginning to advocate that the general public wear simple cloth coverings when out in public. 

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are considering altering the official guidance to encourage people to take measures to cover their faces amid the coronavirus pandemic.  In recent days, an assortment of scientists and health experts have vigorously advanced their position that everyone venturing into public or a crowded place should wear a mask or face shield--even a homemade one--to lower the rate of transmission of COVID 19. The director of John Hopkins Center for health security said in a recent interview the CDC should urge people to use nonmedical masks or face coverings,” I think it would be a prudent step we can all take to reduce transmission” by people who are infected but have no symptoms. Homemade masks, bandanas and other facial coverings are certainly not perfect and should not be used as an excuse to stop social distancing he said.

Prominent among the people promoting the idea is Scott Gottlieb, M.D. an internist and former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration” everyone including people without symptoms should be encouraged to wear nonmedical fabric masks while in public”.

Recently Dr. Gottlieb was more direct” we should be putting out guidelines from the CDC on how to develop a mask on your own”. Gottlieb and his allies acknowledged that an improvised mask including something akin to a bandana does not provide protection from the infection with the virus. It could however, limit the amount of respiratory droplets emitted by the person wearing the mask. Epidemiologists believe that infected people can spread COVID 19 even when they have no symptoms.

For now, the CDC encourages everyone to engage in social distancing and not to stand within 6 feet of another person, especially someone suspected of being sick. The coronavirus is spread by respiratory droplets. The droplets are currently thought to not be aerosolized, and thus are not thought to flow through a room but rather fall quickly to the floor. Although such droplets can be produced by talking, they are more likely to travel further via cough or sneeze.

The continued fear among health experts is that ordinary people seeking protection will siphon needed masks from limited stockpile, and a major concern is that wearing a mask might give a person a false sense of safety and lead someone to be less disciplined about social distancing.  It is also conceivable a mask becomes contaminated with the virus when not properly cleaned, or disposed of, and maybe handled by someone else leading to COVID-19.

The authors will continue to practice frequent handwashing, social distancing and plan on wearing a homemade mask when we need to go out in public (supermarket, pharmacy, doctor visits).  We will wash our “masks” in hot soapy water after each use.  

Below is a link from David Price, M.D. an Intensive Care Physicians who answers questions about keeping yourself and families protected from COVID 19. 

https://vimeo.com/399733860

Stay Safe,

Susan

Amie