“About 80% of people who are in the ER with coronavirus and need respiratory support are not vaccinated”: the crude account of a nurse in London

Instead, this, which is something of public health, is questioned. That makes me very angry. Because they also want you to give 100% of yourself to save them.
Sometimes we have surreal situations of people starting to do lives on Facebook or videos for TikTok, saying they have covid.

It makes me want to say, “What world do you live in?” Many times we lose faith in the human race. We lose faith in common sense.

It’s very tiring. There are days when you tolerate it better but others when you don’t.

Right now, one of the biggest difficulties we have in the hospital is precisely the people who do not adhere to the recommendations to wear a mask.

I understand that until very recently the government (of Boris Johnson) said that it was not mandatory. But in the hospital we have said from the beginning that they have to take her.

Last week I had to tell at least 20 or 30 people to please put on the mask. And on top of that, they asked me, “And why?” But why?

There are people who say that it is their right not to wear it. Others who are simply bored of the coronavirus.

And look, we’re all bored. I’ve been wearing a mask for two years 12 hours a day. And I have colleagues who have asthma, respiratory problems, and they carry it the same. So the fact that you are overwhelmed by the mask is not an excuse.

Or, for example, when we test for coronavirus, a lot of people tell you they don’t like it, it’s horrible.

And I answer them: we have to do it four times a week so that you are calm and I can come to work to help you.

Some thank you. But those graces don’t have to be given by clapping or giving them.

That which we really want them to be vacuned, that they take care of themselves and that when we ask them to put on the mask, they do it. That is all we are asking for. And it’s not for us, it’s for everyone.

It’s frustrating because even if you do the impossible, you stick to the restrictions, if there are two people who don’t, then your work will be worthless.

What we are experiencing now with omicron, does nothing more than prove that no matter how much some countries or a certain number of people do well, if this is not a global effort, there is no way out.

Nothing will be done and we will continue in this cyclical situation.

“We are running out of patience”

We are health workers but we are also people. We miss our families like everyone else; our plans have changed a lot. We are more tired than anyone, probably.

And we are running out of patience. You see it in issues such as, for example, sick leave.

We’re having a lot of staffing issues. One, because there are people who get infected or who get sick from other things, but also because until now we were pulling a lot of staff, doing a lot of overtime.

Because we thought, “We all came out of this together.” But two years later, we are tired, mentally exhausted.

The adrenaline we had at the beginning, because of this novel disease, is gone.

Before, when they told you that for traveling you had to quarantine, you thought: well, no, I’ll wait. Now it’s different. I haven’t seen my family for 1 year, I’m going to leave even if I have to quarantine. And that affects the staff a lot.

We are mentalized that the virus is not going to end. Aware that we are probably going to have to be wearing a mask for years; many years. Even permanently.

But the problem is uncertainty, wondering how long this is going to happen. To what extent will it continue to impact people’s lives? Of not being able to go to work or not being able to take my child to daycare because I have a fever.

We also want to enjoy life when we are not working. And I think that’s the part that we toilets are doing the worst.

Because it’s exhausting to see that you don’t come out of the circle. Of that vicious circle in which everything is covid.

Original source in Spanish

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