Romano Law Nurse Corner COVID-19 #39
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas
At RLNC, we are cognizant that we have been repeating the same information the past few weeks; however, this is the reality of this pandemic: Rising cases, rising deaths and hope on the way with several vaccines set for release in the next month or so. That line sums up where we are currently.
We have heard that vaccines will require certain handling and distribution plans are varied and local, with estimates that the average non-high risk american might not get the vaccine until 6-8-10 months from now depending on many factors. There are basic things we can do while we wait; masks, wash hands often, distance, stay at home.
The reality of COVID-19 has not changed much in the last several weeks. Cases are still growing at an unbelievable pace and experts say that we have not yet seen the repercussions of Thanksgiving travel. Aside from Thanksgiving travel and its effects, there is also the cold weather forcing people indoors where we know transmission is greater.
It is just unbelievable to think that The United States is very close to averaging 200,000 cases of this virus a day. Since the pandemic began, we have seen more than 14.7 million positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Another disheartening statistic is that more than 101,000 COVID-19 patients were in U.S. hospitals this past Sunday. We have had 5 consecutive days with over 100,000 hospitalizations. Experts have been warning us for a very long time to expect this. Ugh, it still feels awful and we are more tired than ever.
California Governor Gavin Newsome has ordered stay at home orders and business shutdowns in regions where hospital intensive care units capacity falls below 15% saying that this can flatten the curve in spiking cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Ultimately, Governor Newsome is hoping to reduce the stress on the state’s overburdened health care system until vaccination programs are able to help. These restrictions are similar to prior ones this past spring, which kept the virus under control enough to lift the measures.
According to Newsome, the virus surge is back with a vengeance and he was compelled by the data to take action. The rules that Governor Newsome put into effect are designed to last 21 days once local critical care facilities approach capacity. Not surprisingly, several sheriff’s departments have said they will refuse to enforce such orders. We get it, we have discussed all the negative repercussions of shut downs from the stunting of our education system to the stunting of our economy and we get that people hate these measures. And we have heard about the notion of personal freedom as an argument not to wear a mask. Our world is changing and what emerges will be something none of us recognize.
We are tired of it. We have friends and family who have fallen on dire circumstances, unable to afford their rents with evictions looming. We have had life changing personal experiences as a result of this virus and its ravaging of our world. This pandemic has supremely devastating effects on our country and on every American life. It has had that same effect throughout the world.
As former nurses, we can imagine the burnout many front line medical workers are feeling. Sure, between us we spent time with many very sick and dying patients. We knew how to deal with it. We had a process and we had time. We don’t forget them. Each one took its own toll.
When we think about what the folks on the front line of this pandemic are facing, it is almost incomprehensible. We cannot imagine what they are going through. Let us all remember, these are their patients they have been working like crazy around the clock to save. They have watched them struggle to breathe and seen the fear in their eyes. They have seen their loneliness. They have been unsuccessful in keeping them alive. They have been doing this for 10 long months. They have sacrificed their lives and time with their loved ones, all for us. We wonder; how can they go on? The healthcare system will never be the same.
So, the holidays…We all need to seriously contemplate what we are willing to do to protect ourselves and others. People are still out there engaging in rallies, parties and super spreader events. Some people still believe there is no virus, that it is all a hoax. Once again, we wonder how to explain to people that they should care about other human beings.
ALL we have to do is wear a mask, wash our hands frequently and social distance. Stay home. Until this vaccine is in full distribution and second doses are administered, this is all we have and really, it is a lot.
We continue to wear our masks and socially distance to protect our fellow human beings and ourselves. We ask that everyone do the same.
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 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.