An Ontario Nurse Pens Post To Express Frustration on the COVID-19 Frontlines

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Kim is a nurse on the frontlines of COVID-19 and shared this post to educate the public about the disease.

“I’ve been hesitant to post comments or rant about this pandemic but as one of many frontline healthcare providers, I’m frustrated and in shock to hear and see people not abiding to the rules put in place by the government. This will only make things worse for frontline healthcare staff and the vulnerable population. You may be the healthiest person out there with no pre-existing health conditions but you can still transfer the virus to someone who may be less fortunate than you. Please be mindful and consider the following: • ‼️Do not visit anyone outside of your immediate household. That means if you don’t live with them, do NOT see them. This includes setting up any play dates even if they’re cousins. That defeats the purpose of physical distancing. There are options like FaceTime or Zoom to keep in touch with your loved ones. Or simply pick up the phone like the good old days to keep in touch.‼️ • If you’ve travelled in the last 14 days, please don’t go home to your partner/family member. That family member may still be working as they’re considered an essential worker which means, they’ve come into contact with that person who travelled, then they’re out working and potentially spreading the virus to their own coworkers. If possible, distance yourself 6 feet from that family member or even better, have that family member stay elsewhere for the time being or vice versa until you’ve completed your 14 day self-isolation (symptom free). • For the love of puppy dogs, please do not wear gloves while shopping for groceries. The amount of germs on those gloves would be appalling if you could put that under a microscope. Germs will stay on those gloves and will be transferred to other grocery items you’ve touched. This goes with wearing masks - there’s no sense in wearing the mask if you keep touching it with your hands to take it off and putting it back on. Germs that are on the mask will be transferred to your hands. Simply put, hand hygiene is your best friend in between touching things - 20 seconds with soap and water, and worst case scenario, with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. And just remember, don’t touch any orifices on your head! Be patient and understanding. Your frontline healthcare providers need you to do your part so we can flatten the curve and be able to reunite with our loved ones whenever we defeat COVID-19. With that, to every parent out there homeschooling your children, keep up the great work. I can’t imagine how difficult it can be at times to have your child focus on a task while you’re also working from home. To new parents, it saddens me you cannot share the joy of your new baby with your loved ones - keep posting those photos and sharing videos. You’re doing a great job raising your growing baby in this chaotic world. To all couples planning a wedding during this pandemic, keep your chins up. Your love for each other will keep you strong and when the time comes where you can finally walk down the aisle, I hope you have the best party of your life surrounded by your loved ones. To those planning a funeral, my sincere condolences. My heart aches for you and your family. To small and medium business owners/employees, I can’t imagine how you must be feeling with the financial uncertainty as a result of this pandemic. Wishing you all strength and prosperity once this is all over. And finally, to every Essential Worker out there, thank you for doing what you do. You’re all amazing. ❤️”


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