VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We have to keep our healthcare workers safe.
Hospitals are already seeing an uptick in people with COVID-like symptoms, according to doctors and nurses on the frontlines.
The message from leaders, doctors, and pandemic experts as people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic is you can help them right now by staying home and staying away from others.
“The numbers that we’re seeing here of confirmed cases and cases that are pending are higher than the media can tell you just because they can’t keep up,” a woman, who says she works as an emergency nurse at Surrey Memorial Hospital, said in a video posted online. “The flow is consistent.”
And she’s right — the lowest possible count of novel coronavirus cases in B.C. is in the 400s; we just don’t know how many people are walking around with the illness — sick or not. With new numbers expected today after a break in updates on Sunday those numbers are likely to see a large jump Monday.
— Gagan Sharma (@IamGaganSharma) March 20, 2020
“Please, please, stay home,” the healthcare worker pleaded.
Another young nurse writes on Facebook that people need to wake up and stay home, and that not doing so is causing serious harm and putting frontline workers at risk.
She wrote it’s frightening enough being new on the job – having just started in December – but scarier still, she said, was the number of people she’s seeing ignore please to social distance and self-isolate.
Meanwhile Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are preparing by running airway and breathing simulations and limiting visitors to essential entry only.
Frontline workers are hoping you can help them manage a best-case pandemic scenario – all you have to do, other than stay home, is wash your hands and wait as the pros do the leg work.
We can still flatten our curve. Hundreds of BC doctors are begging you to stay home as hospitals already feeling the pain of COVID-19 cases in Metro Vancouver, critical care beds filling. Data on current heartbreaking trajectory here: https://t.co/ZA9MuPEC43 @NEWS1130
— Ash 'I work from home now' Kelly (@AshDKelly) March 23, 2020
On Sunday, 314 doctors signed a letter showing their support to the province for stricter measures.
“We fear for our patients and the need to make decisions about who will get the necessary equipment to survive,” it reads. “We fear for our own safety and the safety of our families.”
Canada has recorded more than 1,400 cases of COVID-19 to date, with 20 deaths related to the virus.