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What Covid Looks Like
How Covid Became A Pandemic
In November of 2019 an unknown sickness was brewing in China. People were dying and things started getting really bad. The World Health Organization was not on top of this, and it got out of hand quickly.
In December of 2019 China finally tested enough people and made the diagnosis of one of the Sars Virus'.
In just a few months, this virus made its way to over 200 countries. A massive Pandemic was born.
Even though it has decreased it has mutated so many times that there are a ton of new Covid virus'
Covid Day to Day
Covid got out of control so fast that they could not keep all the bodies stored in refrigerated trucks. The deceased who had no one claim them, were put in a wooden box and shipped to Heart Island in New York and buried there.
Hart Island, sometimes referred to as Hart's Island, is located at the western end of Long Island Sound, in the northeastern Bronx in New York City. Measuring approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) long by 0.33 miles (0.53 km) wide, Hart Island is part of the Pelham Islands archipelago, to the east of City Island.
This is the day my heart sank as I watched it on TV. These people died alone, with no family to care for them.
The total number of Covid deaths globally is 6,481,405.
Heart Island from an Ariel View
Covid Gear for Healthcare Workers
Healthcare Workers and the Crisis
As the pandemic spread like wildfire, healthcare workers were working above and beyond. Losing patients every single day because there was no treatment available for Covid.
Not only were they treating Covid patients, but they were also getting Covid and still working because there was not enough help to take care of the patients.
ICU's in every state were filled to the max with Covid patients.
This was truly an emergency crisis out of control. There was also nursing staff and doctors who also died from Covid.
Covid Has Forever Changed Our Lives
Five ways Covid has changed our lives forever.
1. Employment: More automation
The pandemic has helped identify work roles that can be downsized or replaced with technology as a technique to mitigate infection risk while retaining productivity.
2. Health care: Increased telemedicine
There's been an explosion of mental health issues during the pandemic from isolation and the transition back to normal life. Compared to 2019, depression and anxiety rates have increased by over three-fold.
Patients are seeking online therapy options, as seen in Google search trends. There are a number of companies like Genoa Telepsychiatry that offer these services, which are likely to have even higher utilization rates in the future. Many Primary doctors are also choosing telehealth visits to cut down their exposure.
3. Travel now has stricter policies.
If you are flying out of the country, you must show that you have been vaccinated. Once in another country you must self-isolate for up to 14 days. This has left so many people not wanting to travel.
4. Education: Virtual curriculum will grow
Education systems have been hit particularly hard due the pandemic with home school and virtual curriculum options becoming more accepted in recent times. The one thing people need to remember is online classes are limited and in no way take the place of being in school in person. A lot of schools have now allowed kids to return to school but only if they wear masks.
5. Job Staffing: Increasing work-from-home options
The pandemic forced individuals and businesses around the world to shift to working remotely using multiple services, such as Zoom, Skype, Slack, Microsoft Office Suite, and G-Suite applications. The transition is forcing companies to reevaluate their long-term staffing needs.
By continuing to allow work-from-home, a company can reduce infrastructure costs by leasing smaller workspaces, setting up headquarters in lower tax states, and by coordinating a workforce across multiple time zones to maximize daily workflow. Moreover, the benefits of work-from-home are attractive, including increased schedule flexibility and reduced strains with family. (ABC.com)
The one thing I have enjoyed is having my groceries delivered. I have not been in a grocery store in a long time. I just started going to get pedicures after almost three years.
I also believe this has brought families closer together, loving our loved ones so much more. My husband and I have never had many conflicts. Yes, we have spats, but we don’t hold grudges, and we never insult each other or become harsh. We are both mature enough to know that this will only erode the relationship, not allow it to bloom. You can weather almost any conflict with a friend or your partner if you have a shared commitment to kindness.
We Have Come Together for the Greater Good of Our Families
If I Could Change One Thing
If I could change one thing about this pandemic it would be to let family members be with the sick so they wouldn't have to die alone. I think this is the single thing that hurt me the most. Looking at people post on Facebook, that their loved ones died, and no one could be with them.
This virus has caused so much sadness in my soul. I feel like I am a prisoner in my own home except to go to work. I don't want Covid again and the only way you are not going to get it is to wear a mask, wash your hands and stay out of the public.
How long will Covid last? Forever most likely. As long as it keeps mutating, coming up with different forms and people not getting vaccinated it will continue just like the flu and the common cold. There is no cure. We buy over the counter medications for them and ride out the storm.
Love your loved ones and hold them dear. Our lives have forever changed because of this pandemic.