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This is why managing a pandemic by way of the honor system is a Really Bad Idea

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Specializes in Disaster Medicine / Public Health / School Health. Has 27 years experience.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

That would make my blood boil! I've never understood why people think the rules/terms apply to everyone but them

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

What a jerk move. I hope they are prosecuted for this.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

1 hour ago, Nurse SMS said:

What a jerk move. I hope they are prosecuted for this.

I'm hoping they have to pay anyone's medical bills who have issues due to this!

I believe this borders on criminal activity to knowingly endanger others is inexcusable. If someone does get ill and say dies. Is he a murderer?? Is it any different then if he pulled a trigger. He risked others health and for what a party. I’m dumbfounded

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

27 minutes ago, Heather Hughes said:

I believe this borders on criminal activity to knowingly endanger others is inexcusable. If someone does get ill and say dies. Is he a murderer?? Is it any different then if he pulled a trigger. He risked others health and for what a party. I’m dumbfounded

I guess it is just a misdemeanor. Which seems criminal to me. I am sure it will open him up to civil suits from any who fall ill or the families if someone, God forbid, were to die.

HandsOffMySteth

Has 3 years experience.

This person has a blatant disregard for the well being of others. Since they work at a hospital they should be fired. It is simply inexcusable!

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 10 years experience.

It can be a misdemeanor but only if there was an official order of isolation, (which unfortunately there wasn't until after the patient traveled to an out-of-state event).

The two positive individuals are both hospital employees as well, though it seems they haven't been at work.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

17 hours ago, BostonFNP said:

It can be a misdemeanor but only if there was an official order of isolation, (which unfortunately there wasn't until after the patient traveled to an out-of-state event).

The two positive individuals are both hospital employees as well, though it seems they haven't been at work.

Dear lort. Even with official isolation ordered for a TB patient, I still had one who decided to go to WalMart with his mask on. I get it. Isolation for two weeks is cripplingly boring. But these are alleged health care professionals?

yaRNthrower, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nurse and geriatrics.. Has 24 years experience.

I have such little faith that people will do what they need to do. I hate that this is now my attitude. This is what I am left with after being a school nurse for several years.

But. It. Is.

We see it from the parents on the regular and now this from a health care professional. This has done nothing to improve my feeling of despair.

The parents can not follow the 24 hour rule for the standards like fever, vomiting, diarrhea -- fill in the blank. (I know the struggles with keeping less than empathetic employers happy and parent keeping their jobs. After all of these years I can really only count a few that truly fell into this category. I have worked most of my career in title one schools.) In spite of being told over the phone, at the front desk on the way out of the school and keep in mind this has been the rule since the little precious began school. They will ignore said rule for so many reasons a few of my favorites include picture day, field trip, field day, and UIL competitions of various flavors. The oldie but goody, "They love school and did not want to miss."

Just rambling thoughts.

Loud audible sigh of defeat.

Today has me down for some reason.

Usually I really am quite delightful and optimistic 😊

Seriously, though, the leader of the country makes public statements which suggest that it is not a big deal for those afflicted with COVID-19 to work or go about normal adls if they are mildly affected.

OncologyCat, BSN, RN

Specializes in Medical Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant. Has 4 years experience.

18 hours ago, ruby_jane said:

Dear lort. Even with official isolation ordered for a TB patient, I still had one who decided to go to WalMart with his mask on. I get it. Isolation for two weeks is cripplingly boring. But these are alleged health care professionals?

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a large teaching hospital. Official announcements from DHMC itself only said the two patients are DHMC employees; it wasn’t specified if they are healthcare professionals or not. They could be housekeepers for all I know 😂. But judging that they were invited to a close business party at Tuck Business School, I’d guess they could be in business-related/managerial positions at the hospital.

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Is containment even realistic?

7 hours ago, CrunchRN said:

Is containment even realistic?

I don't think so...

Nascar nurse, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC & Hospice. Has 35 years experience.

20 hours ago, CrunchRN said:

Is containment even realistic?

Yes, I’m questioning as this progresses how we’re ever going to isolate so many ppl for 14 days. It’s just not possible to shut down a nation for 2 weeks.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

1 hour ago, Nascar nurse said:

It’s just not possible to shut down a nation for 2 weeks.

Italy is trying.

Italy quarantines north in drastic bid to slow virus spread

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Italy took a page from China’s playbook Sunday, locking down around 16 million people — more than a quarter of its population — for nearly a month to halt the relentless march of the new coronavirus across Europe.

https://apnews.com/f3be69cc2cf55f74a35118c557ad8461

HandsOffMySteth

Has 3 years experience.

The CDC has been working on protocols for biological pandemic for years. I think they are using this scenario to test some of their working theories. Realistically they can't stop this in my opinion.

I understand your feelings but it is probably not possible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this idiot is the cause of anyone else's illness.