Prioritizing Community To Avoid 370,000 American CoVID-19 Deaths By Inauguration Day
Whatever your political leanings, it’s undeniable that the United States is undergoing a moment of unparalleled change. The coming weeks and months will likely be fraught with emotion and heated debate.
Unfortunately, what’s for certain is that the confirmed number of CoVID-19 cases across the country is on the rise. CNN reports that after registering 100,000 new coronavirus infections seven days in a row, the US has now surpassed a total of more than 11 million cases since the start of the pandemic - far more than any other country worldwide. Even worse, The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts that 370,000 Americans will most likely have died from CoVID-19 by Inauguration Day in January 2021.
Dr. Fauci’s blunt warning is ringing true; “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation”.
So whilst it’s fair to say that 2020 has been a year of division across the country and internationally - the result of friction beneath the surface that’s been close to reaching boiling point for some time - what we need to do now, is come together. After all, united we stand.
But how do we come together?
One way, an incredibly effective way in fact, is to simply look out for one another’s health and well-being. We can all agree that we want what is best for our communities, our families, our friends, and our colleagues. We might have different perspectives on what ‘best’ looks like but, ultimately, we want everyone to thrive and be happy.
That process can start with taking care of those people who hold our local communities together when critical care is what’s needed most. These are the healthcare workers, the doctors, nurses, EMTs, carers, first-aiders…and many more…who are all fighting on the frontline against CoVID-19. If we stand any chance of lowering the projected death and infection rates for January then we have to put their protection first. Using physical barrier methods, like the AerosolShield, to stop the spread of air-borne particles from patients to carers is one of the most cost-effective and successful ways of limiting cross-contamination and infection.
According to the CDC, the number of healthcare personnel across the US who reported CoVID-19 symptoms increased ten-fold between April and September this year. When you consider that just one patient is exposed to over 100 healthcare personnel during a typical trip to the hospital, it quickly becomes apparent just how at risk they really are. Furthermore, CoVID-19 particles can stay in the air within an enclosed area anywhere from 3 hours to 3 days. Clearly PPE designed to protect against less virulent strains of influenza is not enough.
If you work in a healthcare profession, I encourage you to get in touch and give AerosolShield a try. And if you’re not a healthcare worker, please help spread the word. Speak with any healthcare personnel you know, your local politicians and support groups. Please help spread the word to stop the spread of the virus.
America is at its greatest when its people come together. Let’s make that a priority for the coming months and unite against CoVID-19.
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