Check out this article and video. They put some lotion on a man’s hands and let them get some food at a buffet and then they turned on the black light. They repeated the experiment, but this time encouraging the use of frequent hand washing.
In the early days of the epidemic, EMS dispatchers used code to forewarn EMS crews that a patient had AIDS. “Patient requires Universal Precautions.” The meant, we needed to be sure to put our gloves on. In time universal precautions became standard language for what you were expected to do on every call. Put your gloves on.
For years most in EMS routinely put their gloves on before encountering a patient. Some of us put our gloves on only when we expect to encounter fluids. I do not advocate this approach, but admit to being guilty of it at times.
We have carried decontamination/isolation packages for many years, but until recently, they were rarely used. The kit might include a gown, gloves, and maybe a hair net. Today with COVID raging, we are given a shopping bagful of PPE, ten gowns, four N25s, 10 surgical masks, two face shields. Many crews have to return to the base to get more in the course of the shift or require a supervisor to drop by and replenish their bag.
Wednesday 13 May saw COVID regulations change what is permissible as part of the government’s easing of the lockdown.
Let’s all start by acknowledging this is a tricky ask. The government needs to contain the infection rate, allow a reasonable level of easing and start up the economy. Quite hard.
Before we get to the changes to the restrictions we need to recognise:
The lockdown has been very successful in achieving the aim of reducing infections. This is to the great credit of the public and to British Policing who have helped keep this on track. Well done. We have managed to be sensible and proportionate in our approach.
It has been so successful it has created some caution about returning to work. Starting up is harder than slowing down!
We geared up for a significant rise in hospitalisation and deaths. The news has been grim but the peak has not matched our worst fears. We now have capacity built and ready if events turn. A thank-you to everyone who has got us ready.
Do your little bit of good where you are. It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. Desmond Tutu Recently, my son Cole and I were enjoying an afternoon out of the house, running around town to tackle our to-do list of errands (masked, of course). We stopped at Sam's Club and Walmart, stocking up on our low supplies of food and other necessities. As an added bonus, we enjoyed the people-watching and marveled at the wide spectrum of personal flaws the other shoppers provided us.
It seemed that the Covid-19 crisis had fueled an already blossoming trend of wearing fleece pajama bottoms in public without any embarrassment. People tended to have a greasy quality to them, clearly reducing their shower time as a personal protest to the quarantine guidelines. With masks on, the eyes of these shoppers held the power of conveying a wide spectrum of gratitude, misery, frustration, happiness, and paranoia. I enjoyed interpreting these various moods and realized that zombies were alive and well, living among us. This ambulance blog continues, Read More...
Aside from a one day blip, Connecticut has seen twenty-one straight days of decreased hospitalizations for COVID-19.
As a state we are soon approaching the May 20, 2020 date for phase one of our state’s reopening, which will include many retail stores, and permits restaurants to provide outdoor serving. (No word yet on opening swimming pools, gyms or team sports). Some are advocating for a broader opening; others are urging the governor to go slower.
Meanwhile in Wisconsin, a judge has ruled their governor exceeded his authority in issuing stay-at-home orders and now the bars in that state are packed with celebrating residents. In the words of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, “Open up guys, it’s time to party.”
Looking back over two decades I can still recollect the feeling of uncertainty as a new magistrate when forced to agree with those more senior than myself at that time that "no separate penalty" was the appropriate sentence for some offenders. It was just one of the many facets of life on the bench which were not covered in any form of training. If one were truly interested in "getting up to speed" it was a matter of self education. The logic as explained by the Sentencing Council is copied below, That logic is fairly applied in many cases where the offenders` are charged with multiple motoring offences the most common combinations being any two or more of driving without due care or speeding combined with a license offence, no M.O.T., using a mobile phone and/or no insurance. However when dissimilar offences arising from the same "stop" by police are charged together the logic seems in my opinion to be awry. Where an offender is to be fined for two or more offences that arose ...
The Governor of New York used the new data to proclaim the PPE works. I thought great, maybe it does work, maybe all our complaining is just belly-aching.
“We were afraid of what was going to happen,” Cuomo said of concerns about healthcare workers being exposed to the virus. “But that is amazingly good news…It also shows everybody that the masks, the gloves and the hand sanitizer work. If they work for frontline workers, they’re going to work for people in their day-to-day lives.”
Then I read further into the article:
The only exception to the trend was among members of the New York City Fire Department and emergency medical technicians. Just over 17% of those workers were infected with COVID-19.