What you need to know about COVID – 19 and who you need to ignore

So time and time again at the moment I hear the words “if the survivability from Covid is 99.9% effective why do we need a vaccine that is only 95% effective.” – this prompts a head in hands moment so read on.

My daily life at work in A&E

Don’t confuse mortality- death – with morbidity – the condition of suffering from a disease or medical condition – just because the survival rate is so great does not mean this virus is not serious.  For many the symptoms are thankfully mild but for the others they are not.  Many people are needing an admission to hospital and lengthy stays on the ward or higher levels of care such as HDU or ITU.  For those that don’t need admission at the time of contracting the virus they can still be suffering many months after with long covid – intense lethargy, chest pain, shortness of breath, much of the time these are fit healthy people who are now getting breathless on walking to the loo.  Sure they are surviving but are seriously affected – is this what you want?

This is the reality, take it from me, so who will you listen to?   Me, a frontline doctor working in A&E and seeing these patients on a daily basis or the person who keeps posting on FB who hasn’t seen the inside of a hospital or knows no one affected seriously with COVID?

Our NHS is overwhelmed not just with patients but short of staff who are off sick with COVID putting themselves at risk on a daily basis to do their job and we haven’t truly hit winter yet, we need you to stay safe, follow the guidance and keep yourself healthy.

DO

  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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