Within the final couple days, Connecticut was downgraded from extreme outbreak to lively outbreak on the COVID ACT Now website online (Hartford County stays listed as extreme outbreak). Being labeled lively outbreak just isn’t nice, however no less than we appear to be shifting in the appropriate course. Whereas I’m solely working one or some weeks two shifts every week on the highway, my sense is that issues are getting higher. I additional again that up by my work on the hospital the place I observe COVID sufferers being introduced in by EMS, and may report that after a major rise a number of weeks again, the counts have been comparatively secure. I’m not seeing the common severity of circumstances that I noticed within the spring, which isn’t to say there will not be sick COVID sufferers and that nobody is dying. There are very sick sufferers and persons are dying. It simply doesn’t appear as dangerous because it was within the spring. Park of that purpose is that in distinction to the spring, common sufferers are actually calling 911 the place within the spring they stopped. Within the spring, it appeared the one sufferers we noticed had been these with COVID, those that thought they’d COVID, psychiatric sufferers, and a handful of different sufferers who had been compelled to hunt emergency medical consideration resulting from stroke, falls with damaged hips, and so on. Additionally, within the spring as a result of the quantity was so low, we reduce ambulances, so that you had the phenomena of fewer vehicles to deal with the load of COVID sufferers the place now they’re dispersed amongst many extra responders. I labored yesterday and whereas I heard quite a few COVID calls exit, aside from my surgical masks and face defend, by no means needed to don an N95, or robe up the place within the spring, I recurrently went by means of 4 or 5 full units of PPE a shift. I did one presumption of an aged one who died at house and was not discovered for a number of days, I’ve no proof that it was a COVID extra demise.
I hope this isn’t only a lull earlier than one other spike up, and I additionally hope this isn’t an extended, lengthy plateau. I believe Connecticut, which was hit so exhausting within the Spring (when even in EMS we weren’t carrying masks for each affected person as we are actually), is now used to common citizen masking in public so we might not be getting hit as exhausting as these states the place masking is extra of a political situation than an understood public well being necessity.
As I discussed in an earlier submit, I used to be lucky to be among the many first to get a vaccine right here, and I’m glad to see lots of my friends are additionally getting their vaccines. There have been kinks within the rollout resulting from conflicting data coming from the state about the place EMS suppliers can get their vaccines, sophisticated by much less vaccines being delivered than promised. I’m hopeful that each one EMS responders will quickly have the data and appointment slots they want. I additionally hope that they may absolutely think about the science backing the vaccines and embrace the precept that getting vaccinated not solely protects you and your loved ones, however it protects the bigger neighborhood by decreasing the variety of reservoirs obtainable for the virus. With out individuals to contaminate, the virus will die. That’s how we get life again to regular.
I’m now three days submit vaccine and may report I had zero unintended effects and am trying ahead to my second dose in early January.
Keep secure all.
Connecticut Hospitalizations from College of Minnesota monitoring challenge.