As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow, infecting thousands of patients from all over the world, frontline doctors are making their will.
Dr. Michelle Au, an anesthetist at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, knows firsthand the dangers of treating vulnerable patients during the current outbreak.
Have you seen the HBO show ‘Chernobyl’? There are invisible risks that follow you, “said Au The New York Times.
These invisible risks are all too real for Au, whose job is one of the most dangerous procedures, while caring for infected patients – intubating people who cannot breathe.
She is given the task of swinging a tube into the patient’s windpipe, placing her close to the mouth that constantly sheds the disease.
Dr. Michelle Au (pictured) revealed that she and her husband have updated part of their will as she continues to work on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic
Early research said health professionals (pictured) are at greater risk of contracting coronavirus due to the proximity of the disease
“You know every moment you’re there. Ten seconds. Twenty seconds. Thirty seconds. You feel radioactive, “she said.
Au has already started taking measures to protect her family use a diluted bleach solution to carefully wipe surfaces and wash with extra care before entering her home.
But now Au and other doctors have started making their will as another precaution.
Over the weekend, Au and her husband updated the list of potential caregivers for their three children when they both succumb to the corona virus.
She said, “We have four deep now. The two best choices are older and these people are in a risk group. The third person is a doctor.
“So we added a fourth person who has a low risk of contracting this thing. As a backstop in case it comes to that. ‘
Early reports said health workers are more likely to contract coronavirus from its proximity and, unfortunately, will have more severe symptoms.
Many health care providers are forced to ration supplies such as protective coats, gloves and masks to keep them safe amid shortages.
Pictured: Paramedics move patient to hospital this week during coronavirus disease outbreak in Manhattan, New York
Dr. Dr. Jane van Dis, an OB-GYN in Los Angeles, California, and the medical director of Maven, is a single mother.
“I realized that if something happened to me, my life would be all in my head,” she said.
“So on Saturday, I searched all my policies – life insurance and disability – and all my credit cards, my mortgage, my car loan, and figured out all the details of my life so that if someone tried to take it over could be for me. ‘
Dr. John Marshall is the chair of emergency medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and has encouraged employees who have not prepared their will to do so.
Marshall said, “We know what’s coming. There are a large number of people who will die here [and] health professionals will be part of that number. ‘
So far, there have been nearly 74,000 positive cases in the United States and more than 1,000 deaths since this week.
Globally, the figures have reached nearly half a million cases and over 21,000 deaths.
There are nearly half a million COVID-19 cases and more than 21,000 deaths worldwide. Pictured: Cremona Hospital Intensive Care where the most serious patients infected with the COVID19 Coronavirus virus are treated by health professionals
Head of Palliative Care and Geriatrics at Mass General Dr. Vicki Jackson said she told her husband she wanted him to remarry if she dies because of the outbreak.
“But I think it’s important that she’s spicy,” she told him. “No milquetoast role models for the kids.”
Jackson also pointed out that people’s lives can change in an instant, and the coronavirus only emphasized this.
Most people completely deny that your life can change in the blink of an eye. In medicine, we know it and we’ll talk about it sooner, ”said Jackson.
Because of the coronavirus, Jackson said, “The veil is less opaque at the moment. And I don’t mind. ‘
Some doctors have already fallen ill with the virus, including gastroenterology member Dr. Richa Bhardwaj from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.
She tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday and has since been isolated from her husband, who is also a doctor, and from their five-month-old daughter who is still breastfeeding.
Meanwhile, Bhardwaj is waiting for test results at home; her husband is staying with family in Yonkers; and their baby is in the spare room at the in-laws house.
Bhardwaj said, “I haven’t seen my baby since yesterday. I’m so confused. ‘
Medical personnel are forced to ration important tools such as gloves and face masks due to shortages
Marshall said a level of uncertainty surrounding both the coronavirus and how best to protect loved ones.
“We know what to do if a gunshot wound comes in; we know what to do if someone comes in with sepsis or a heart attack, “said Marshall.
“In this case, there is no certainty about how to protect yourself. And so there is also uncertainty about how to protect your family. ‘
Many doctors, including Marshall, have gone to sleep in separate rooms or even houses to keep their families healthy. Some doctors have hired Airbnbs.
In an effort to help health professionals, New York City’s Columbia University plans to convert some dormitories into bedrooms for doctors who want to avoid long commutes or are afraid to infect others.
Another growing fear is the lack of available medical supplies for patients, as hospitals are trying to accommodate new patients.
Doctors are well aware of the declining number of fans and face masks and are surprised by the apparent demise of the U.S. healthcare system.
“Who would imagine doctors in the United States begging for supplies on social media?” Au said.
“Call patients and say, I found three N95 masks in my toolbox. Can I bring them? They came to drop them off at the hospital driveway.
Dr. Au (photo): “Who would imagine doctors in the United States of America begging for supplies on social media?”
“In first world medicine, there are certain supplies that we assume are there …[it’s] very, very shocking to see how close we were to the blade cut. ‘
Jackson agreed, adding that doctors do their best in unfamiliar areas.
“We are at the edge of the ocean in the dark. We are waiting for the wave to hit and we have no idea how high the wave will be, ”Jackson said.
Au recently spoke to a friend from high school who does not work in medicine.
And he said, “How do you feel about all this? “And I said,” There is nothing else. ” ‘
Since entering the US borders, the coronavirus has rapidly spread across state borders and infected several thousand.
Wednesday was the deadliest day in the United States with more than 200 deaths.
Dr. Anthony Fauci grimly warned on Wednesday that the coronavirus may come back in cycles, as the death toll in the United States reached 1035, with 252 people dying in one day.
Pictured: A patient arrives at Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York, New York on Thursday
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said during the White House daily briefing that Americans should be prepared for the outbreak to become “seasonal.”
While medical personnel continue to apply for supplies, the United States Senate recently unanimously passed a bill of 2.2 trillion coronavirus. The bill continues to the house for a vote and then needs Trump’s signature to release the funding.
The package would provide direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits, and generate a $ 367 billion small business program to continue earning payrolls while forcing workers to stay at home.
Most Americans earning less than $ 75,000 as a single tax carrier would receive a direct payment of $ 1,200 under the bill.
Payments go out by direct deposit for those who have recently paid taxes or received tax refunds that way, but for others physical checks are sent.