News Coronavirus (COVID-19) Discussion Thread IV

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This is a very sobering read. Unfortunately, those in here that would most benefit from this content are probably highly unlikely to read it.



Matthew Trunsky is used to people being angry at him.
As a pulmonologist and director of the palliative care unit at a Beaumont Health hospital in southeastern Michigan, Trunsky sees some of the facility’s sickest patients and is often the bearer of bad news.

He gets it. No one is prepared to hear a loved one is dying.
But when a well-regarded intensive care unit nurse told him during a recent shift that the wife of an unvaccinated covid patient had berated her when she informed the woman of her husband’s deteriorating condition, Trunsky, who has lost more than 100 patients to the coronavirus, reached his breaking point.
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When he got home that evening, he made himself a sandwich and opened Facebook.

Still sporting his black scrubs, he began to vent. He wrote about a critically ill patient who disputed his covid-19 diagnosis. Another threatened to call his lawyer if he wasn’t given ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug that is not approved for treating covid. A third, Trunsky wrote, told the doctor they would rather die than take one of the vaccines.

One demanded a different doctor. “I don’t believe you,” he told the physician.
The physician added: “Of course the answer was to have been vaccinated — but they were not and now they’re angry at the medical community for their failure.”

Elevated by social media and right-wing pundits and politicians, the drug is not recommended by either the FDA or its manufacturer to treat covid-19. (Joshua Carroll/The Washington Post)
Trunsky’s post detailing his interactions with eight covid patients and their relatives highlights the resistance and mistreatment some health-care workers across the United States face while caring for patients who have put off or declined getting vaccinated. Trunsky estimates that 9 out of every 10 covid patients he treats are unvaccinated.

His post — a plea for people to get vaccinated — also reveals the physical and emotional toll the pandemic has had on health-care workers, who have been on the front lines for over a year and a half. Roughly 3 out of 10 have considered leaving the profession, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, and about 6 in 10 say stress from the pandemic has harmed their mental health.
Burned out by the pandemic, 3 in 10 health-care workers consider leaving the profession
Some doctors are refusing to treat unvaccinated patients. Last month, an Alabama physician posed beside a sign announcing he would not treat any unvaccinated patients as of Oct. 1. Earlier this month, a Florida doctor sent a letter to her patients informing them that she would not be treating any unvaccinated patients in person after Sept. 15.

“We are physically tired as a whole, me included, and we are emotionally exhausted. … I don’t think a week goes by that I don’t see someone pass away,” he told The Washington Post.
Amid covid surge, hospitals suffer from worker burnout that forces some to walk off, officials say
Early into the pandemic, Trunsky spent about four hours a day calling patients’ families to update them on their loved ones’ status. Some of those conversations still affect him, like the time he called a woman to share the news that her father had died. “I’m sorry I can’t take your call right now‚” he recalled her telling him. “We’re burying my mother.”
Another time, when calling a woman to report her brother was dying, the woman — before Trunsky said anything — answered with, “Look, my mother died, my father died, my brother died and I don’t want any bad news.”
But what makes him sadder, he told The Post, “are the ones I don’t remember.” He has lost too many patients during the global pandemic to recall them all.

Throughout most of 2020, Trunsky and his staff faced surge after surge of coronavirus patients. So when the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first vaccine last December, Trunsky said morale and hope were restored at his hospital. That did not last long, though. As vaccination rates plateaued and the highly contagious delta variant began to spread, hospital beds began filling back up.
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Ligma

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The problem with lockdown is that everyone is on their computers so stuff sells out faster 😭

Grr bloody Dan Andrews fault I was dilly dallying on the officeworks website and didn’t check out after 10 mins while contemplating what phone to get.
 

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Well I had a lovely day yesterday but seeing us push towards the magical 1000 per day caseload has put a dampener on things .

thank goddess for the curfew, has made a world of difference . Ironically I think the Northern suburbs will be best positioned to enjoy 2022 as it seems everyone will have had it. I’m glad deaths and hospitalisation haven’t gone through the roof . That is a great sign .

But it looks like we’ll run over the top of NsW shortly and more fool them with their not so strict rules . That will learn them all .
And let’s see if we can get a “ super spreader “ off the ground the Gov has been desperate for one of those .

All as he had to do was lockdown a couple of areas and couldn’t deliver when it mattered.

I have an awful feeling we’re along way off living a semi normal life . Hope I’m wrong
 

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Well said TT and best wishes to your mum. It is a global pandemic and we are all impacted.

While I got to attend mum’s funeral last year, I didn’t get to Melbourne in time to say goodbye. Dad has months to live & I have no idea if I will see him again. All the family in Melbourne are not able to visit.

An overwhelmed hospital system will have devastating consequences for us all.

So as I sit here in Brisbane, acknowledging our relatively good fortune up until this point, my heart aches for the horror inflicted by this global pandemic.
That’s heartbreaking mate. So sorry to be reading that. All the very best to your dad and your family.
 

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I get the sentiment Grogg but history has shown that shutting the one dedicated thread to the overwhelming topic of the day just leads to the chat leaking into multiple other threads.

I asked that people of both sides consider they’re talking among their fellow North flock before using ill considered language and terms.

We’re all sick of this crap and a bit of empathy can go a long way.

Hell, I’m in the most vulnerable 1a classed group myself and I’ve found out only this week that my mum has breast cancer, so I have a major stake in this game.

I generally choose to avoid posting in this thread as nothing positive can come from going postal over views I vehemently disagree with.

If people could just try to be more compassionate before posting I’m sure the discourse will be more palatable for all who are reading.

We’re all Northerners FFS.

When’s the first praccy match?
All the best with your mum. FWIW my mum has had multiple bouts of breast cancer (over a long period of time) and each one has worked out (last time was 2009) and things have improved since then as well.
 

Val Keating

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So are most people here going to grand final get togethers or following the rules and staying home?
Following the rules. Otherwise I wouldn’t feel comfortable criticising the government at all. I’m doing my bit and can hold my head high knowing that I’ve done everything my country needed me to do. I’ve grown to despise people that break the rules and also criticise the government. I view those people as weak. I have more respect for crooks who’ll break the law but admit they’re crooks.
 

B4Bear

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Following the rules. Otherwise I wouldn’t feel comfortable criticising the government at all. I’m doing my bit and can hold my head high knowing that I’ve done everything my country needed me to do. I’ve grown to despise people that break the rules and also criticise the government. I view those people as weak. I have more respect for crooks who’ll break the law but admit they’re crooks.
Integrity, I like it.
 

blackshadow

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Following the rules. Otherwise I wouldn’t feel comfortable criticising the government at all. I’m doing my bit and can hold my head high knowing that I’ve done everything my country needed me to do. I’ve grown to despise people that break the rules and also criticise the government. I view those people as weak. I have more respect for crooks who’ll break the law but admit they’re crooks.
Pretty much exactly how I feel.

Definitely staying in.
 

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