How Can Nurses Protect Themselves Amid A Coronavirus Outbreak?

It is with utmost displeasure to announce that my aunt has been diagnosed with COVID-19. She is a nurse at a senior home on the East Coast and has possibly contracted the coronavirus from her patients. Her symptoms started with a sore throat, followed by high fever, muscle ache, and breathlessness even when merely talking. Worse, by the time the results of her test came back, my aunt’s husband and three little girls became infected.

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In other circumstances, most people want to look for someone to blame for the spreading of the virus. However, because of my aunt’s profession, we all knew that it was only a matter of time before it happened. There was no one to blame; in truth, no one deserves to be blamed for getting the coronavirus. And since there is no cure for COVID-19, we can only pray for their early recovery day and night.

Fortunately, it has been two weeks since my aunt and her entire family have done their last swab test after quarantining for 21 days. The results came negative, to everyone’s relief. Although my aunt still found it a little challenging to talk or walk without feeling like she had been moving all day, we were glad to know that she survived and beat the coronavirus.

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If you are also a nurse who works actively amid a coronavirus outbreak, let us start by thanking you for your service. You are doing an excellent and brave job by being in the front line, helping patients deal with a medical condition with no effective treatment. Despite your dedication to work, though, we hope that your fate won’t be the same as my aunt’s and her family’s. We are far from being experts on the matter, but here’s how you may be able to protect yourself during a pandemic.

Keep Your Protective Gear On All The Time

Regular people like us have a tough time keeping our face masks all day long because it is hard to breathe while wearing one. We can only imagine how much more difficult it is for the medical staff to put on PPEs and stay in it for as long as you need to be. After all, the air conditioners in the hospital may not get rid of the heat you experience when you are also stressing out because of the patients.

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Nonetheless, you should try not to remove even your face mask at work. The hospital is where most—if not all—infected individuals end up, so there is a high chance of catching the virus. It may be on the metal railings, bed sheets, or the very air you breathe in; it will help if you can avoid touching or inhaling all that without protective gear.

Eat Healthily

I know how busy it can get in hospitals right now due to COVID-19. If you are not attending to patients, you may be receiving calls from various individuals who think they might have the symptoms. Because of that, it is easy to forget that you are a human who needs to eat three times a day or so.

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Still, no matter how easy it is to do that, you should not forget to eat on time. Stick with healthy foods, to be specific, to boost your immunity and keep you from dealing with illnesses.

Final Thoughts

These tips cannot protect you against the coronavirus 100%, of course, but you may be able to reduce your chances of getting it or having severe symptoms once you follow them.

Let’s all pray for COVID-19 to go away so that everyone will be safe from danger soon. Good luck!

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