When you choose to come to the ER to be tested for corona virus and you:
A) aren’t short of breath
B) aren’t having chest pains
C) just want to be tested and feel kind of cruddy and haven’t taken any Tylenol to feel better..
You choose for more than yourself.
You choose for the registration staff to be exposed.
You choose to take a room/bed away from someone who is truly sick.
You choose to expose all hospital staff and other patients. If we get sick, we can’t help others. If we get sick, our family gets sick. If they get sick, there aren’t healthcare providers to help them because the healthcare providers are sick.
You choose to force us to use precious PPE that protects us and our families from this dangerous virus.
Also remember if we have no PPE (gowns) to protect us from corona, we also have none to protect us from patients with body lice, scabies, bed bugs, C-diff, MRSA, VRE…
You choose to further the critical shortage of PPE.
You likely won’t be tested. There aren’t tests available for mass testing. Mayo can not run thousands of tests a day but now we don’t have the actual equipment to collect thousands of tests a day.
The numbers are skewed because we aren’t testing people who likely have it.
HELP US HELP YOU.
If you have a fever.
If you have a cough.
CALL A DOCTOR. Call a nurse line.
We will assess your symptoms.
We will likely tell you to STAY HOME.
STAY HOME and away from your family.
You have the coronavirus. Act like it.
If you have more severe symptoms, we would be happy to help but you DO NOT need to be tested and probably WILL NOT be tested.
Please and thank you.
Regarding the N95 mask shortage, ask your local feed mills and farm supply stores to donate masks to the local hospital.
My thoughts and opinions are solely my own. They are not to be used in place of true professional medical advice. If you have questions regarding the coronavirus call your state’s COVID19 hotline. These thoughts are not a reflection of my employer’s thoughts or opinions.