For three months, COVID-19 dominated the news cycle. Now, as states begin to open back up and protests against police brutality take center stage, it’s become a little easier to ignore that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.
But while some of us make the decision to return to our lives as normal, the virus continues to spread. Cases are rising in many states that reopened too soon and with lax rules, and hospitals are slowly starting to fill up yet again.
There have been nearly eight million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide, and 435,000 deaths. Almost a quarter of those have been in the United States — shockingly high statistics, quite frankly. And though it’s true that most people who get sick with COVID-19 don’t die, we’re still learning what the after effects of this unprecedented disease can be.
Cherie Antoinette, a nurse based in Atlanta, Georgia, kicked off a much-needed conversation, reminding people that the consequences of catching COVID-19 can be devastating, even if you do survive.
“COVID 19 is the worst disease process I’ve ever worked with in my 8 years as an ICU nurse,” she wrote. “When they say ‘recovered’ they don’t tell you that that means you may need a lung transplant. Or that you may come back after d/c with a massive heart attack or stroke bc COVID makes your blood thick as hell. Or that you may have to be on oxygen for the rest of your life.
“COVID is designed to kill. It is a highly intelligent virus and it attacks everything. We will run out of resources if we don’t continue to flatten the curve.”
Folks who have experienced the disease, or known someone who has, jumped in to add to Antoinette’s assessment.
More nurses joined the conversation as well, sharing concerns over how much damage COVID-19 can do.
And others just expressed frustration that so many still aren’t taking this seriously.
Bottom line? If you have to go out, wear a mask.
Facing after effects of a disease for months or even years sure sounds a lot more uncomfortable than wearing a mask for a little bit of time each day.