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  1. That mortality rate is inaccurate because it is based on CONFIRMED cases. We cannot know the true mortality rate without knowing the true infection rate. and https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/17/a-fiasco-in-the-making-as-the-coronavirus-pandemic-takes-hold-we-are-making-decisions-without-reliable-data/
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    COVID-19 NJ/NY State of Affairs and Future Predictions

    Jerri Jorgensen age 65 had the virus and had a few hours of symptoms- otherwise felt fine. https://video.foxnews.com/v/6139308142001 Keep in mind that at least 80% of cases are mild to moderate. (And that percent may be far higher because we don't know how many have had a mild case and cleared it without being tested). Here are some more recovery stories:
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    COVID-19 NJ/NY State of Affairs and Future Predictions

    If you are under age 44, the death rate is minimal. NYC is finally publishing age data: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page Under age 44- only 4 deaths per hundred thousand.
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    To be a coward, or to be a fool?

    Yes, LIFE INSURANCE, and a Veteran's benefit style health and disability insurance for disease related complications. Double Ditto and I'll raise: When they give you "occurrences" for calling in sick, double "occurrences" if it is on the weekend or a holiday and your pink slip if you have 4 occurrences. The following is just how it is as a nurse- there are shaming and punitive tactics faced when one calls off: But Annals for Internal Medicine says: Which of the above is evidenced based? But which is practiced?
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    A COVID-19 Dilemma:  Where are all the PPEs?

    Lesson learned: We should become less reliant on disposable PPE and come up with reusable options. Perhaps each nurse could aquire our own reusable mask -much like we do our stethoscope- but from a list of "approved" models. I know of a hospital which is using reusable N99 masks on the COVID floors. In between patients, the nurse wipes the exposed part of the mask down with purple top wipes. At the end of the shift, the nurse washes the mask with soap and water in preparation for use by the next shift. They attend an inservice and fitting. The mask in use looks something like this: As for GOWNS: One hospital where I worked used washable isolation gowns which were washed in house in the laundry room, We can return to that and hire extra laundry personnel in an emergency.
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    Considering Quitting my Job

    I know of a hospital which is using reusable N99 masks on the COVID floors. In between patients, the nurse wipes the exposed part of the mask down with purple top wipes. At the end of the shift, the nurse washes the mask with soap and water in preparation for use by the next shift. They attend an inservice and fitting. In light of the problems with PPE, I think we should go to each nurse acquiring our own reusable mask -much like we do our stethoscope- but from a list of "approved" models. The mask in use looks something like this: Don't go buy your own though. Hospital policy only allows "CDC approved" masks for infection prevention. One hospital where I worked used washable gowns which were washed in house in the laundry room, We can return to that and hire extra laundry personnel in an emergency,
  7. You can get a doctor's note. The doctor will not refuse. Send an email through their contact portal listing your risk factors- that way your request is documented. My doctor called back immediately and insisted that I accept a note excusing me from work altogether because even non-COVID floors are risky (colleagues can have it and be asymptomatic and we don't have a large break room, bathroom, or locker-room to maintain the appropriate social distance)
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    Afraid of dying

    Of patients age 0-44 there have been 3 deaths per 100,000 people in NYC. That is a 0.003% death rate.
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    Afraid of dying

    On the highly publicized deaths of the exceedingly rare younger patient "with no known risk factor" Even though there is no KNOWN risk factor, there could be undiagnosed or undocumented risk factors. CDC collects data "on presence or absence of underlying health conditions and other recognized risk factors for severe outcomes from respiratory infections" https://www.CDC.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6913e2.htm There is no mention in the above link of screening for vaping or substance abuse. Anyone who has taken care of substance abuse patients knows that they are a vulnerable population and can be quite young and their families may not be aware. It would not surprise me to hear that they succumb to this virus at a much higher rate than others in their age range.
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    Afraid of dying

    This is the data from NYC. They are finally publishing the rates by age. It will be reassuring for those of you under age 44. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page
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    COVID-19: Nurse Shortages

    California: On March 30, 2020 Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, authorizing the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to waive any of the professional licensing requirements relating to healing arts licensees in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, and any accompanying regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the examination, education, experience, and training requirements necessary to obtain and maintain licensure, and requirements governing the practice and permissible activities for licensees. The Board of Registered Nursing is working closely with the Department of Consumer Affairs to determine which licensing requirement waivers would allow individuals to continue assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic and allow licensees regulated by the Board of Registered Nursing to maintain and renew a license and remain employed. Current waivers in place are: Examination and continuing education requirements for current healthcare licensees. Reactivation requirements for inactive, retired, or canceled licensees. A full list of waivers will be placed on the DCA website as they are approved. The Board of Registered Nursing encourages licensed Registered Nurses to be part of the workforce to support the medical surge during this time of need. The state is in need for help at quarantine sites, testing sites, and medical surge facilities and needs assistance with pre-hospital triage and pharmacy services. Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/ for more information and to register for the California Health Corps. The Board of Registered Nursing thanks licensed Registered Nurses for doing their part during the COVID-19 health emergency.
  12. I just got a waiver excusing me from work till it is less dangerous, I wasn't asking the doctor for this- she suggested it saying "working anywhere in the hospital is dangerous right now and especially for those with risk factors". If I had a $500K live insurance policy and guarantee of healthcare and disability if it were to leave me with crippling lung fibrosis, I might soldier on. How about something like "Veteran's Benefits" for HCW?
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    Immunocompromised nurses and COVID-19

    Your doctor will write a work waiver for you. I'm not sure how that would works out financially but your life is the priority right now. If you qualify for FLMA, you can use to preserve the job option.
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    COVID-19 and extinction of human species

    Your insulting of people who reply is trollish. Stanford Professor: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/eci.13222
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    COVID-19 and extinction of human species

    Your statistics are wrong. Maybe watching too much MSM? Fatality rate of people who have symptoms is 1.4% at worst https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/16/lower-coronavirus-death-rate-estimates/ and there are many people who were infected and asymptomatic. We will be able to find out how many when the antibody test is widespread.
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    COVID-19 and extinction of human species

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2,813,503 registered deaths in the United States in 2017. That comes to 54,000 deaths per week (from all causes). So far, in the USA, 4089 people have died from COVID-19 since January 20. (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/). On average in the USA the number of deaths DAILY is: 123 from suicide 130 from opiod overdose 490 from accidents and injuries If 200,000 people die in the US this year from COVID-19, that is about the same as the number of lives lost annually to accidents and injuries. If 2 million people die in the US this year from COVID-19, there will still be 325 million of us left. We are not in danger of extinction from COVID-19.
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