Romano Law Nurse Corner COVID-19 #37
Stay Home – Stay Safe – Holiday Travels 2020
Numbers Still Rising
We said it last week, sadly it remains true this week, and no one believed Thanksgiving would be different – over 200,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 the day after Thanksgiving. More than a thousand American hospitals report they don’t have enough staff to manage the influx of COVID-19 patients. That’s 22% of the hospitals in the United States.
Social media platforms are dividing communities. We’ve mostly moved from shaming folks about who they voted for in the presidential election to shaming those who gathered with extended family to celebrate Thanksgiving.
We are not here to shame you- we are asking you to consider the health and safety of yourselves, your families, your neighbors and our brave healthcare workers before you make your final plans for the coming holiday season.
We understand that Americans are very drained. We’ve been cooped up and unable to meet and socialize with friends and families for a long time. Again this virus is raging and multigenerational gatherings will do nothing but further the spread of this highly transmissible disease. It could easily lead to the death of someone you care about.
Dr. Anthony Fauci met last week with the USA today’s editorial board and emphasized this point when discussing his family’s decision to scale back Thanksgiving. His three adult daughters live in different areas of the country-the West Coast, the Northeast, and the South and would need to travel to Washington DC to visit. After discussions about possible quarantine and rapid testing he and his daughters decided the possibility of being infected and asymptomatic and passing it to their father who turned 80 next month was just not worth the risk. “So we decided that my wife and I are going to say that we had a great Thanksgiving last year and were looking forward to a great Thanksgiving next year, Fauci said. “But today were going to call a timeout. And what we’re going to do is we're going to have a meal, we’re going to get online, and we’re going to chat for an hour or two with the girls as we eat and drink together in the house”.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines
Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Again postponing travel and staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others this year.
If you are considering traveling for this Thanksgiving, there are some important questions to ask yourself and your loved ones beforehand - these questions can help you decide what is best for you and your family.
Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from Covid 19?
Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination? Check CDC’s Covid-19 data Tracker.
Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have Covid-19? To find out, check state and local public health department websites.
Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state and local requirements before you travel.
During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting close contact with people that may have been exposed to Covid-19?
Do your plans including traveling by bus, train or air at which met might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please consider making other plans such as hosting a virtual gathering and delaying your travel.
Attending or Hosting a Holiday Gathering
Wear a mask!! Wear a mask with two or more layers to help you protect yourself and others from COVID-19, wear the mask over your nose and your mouth and secure it under your chin.
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you, remember that people without symptoms may be able to spread Covid-19.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils.
Avoid going in and out of areas where the food is being prepared or handled, such as the kitchen.
Utilize single use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets in disposable packages.
Limit the number of guests.
Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for everyone.
Clean and disinfect frequently all areas where folks touch and disinfect all items between use.
If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air to the other open windows.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL, STAY SAFE!
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 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.