Banner Health is Arizona’s most extensive hospital system. They are also Arizona’s largest private employer. In response to the COVID crisis, the company already furloughed approximately 3,oo0 employees, decreased executive’s salaries by 20 percent and created a one-time bonus pay for employees who provided direct care of COVID-19 patients during March, April, and May.
Our ICUs are very busy caring for the sickest of the sick who are battling COVID-19. Since May 15, ventilated COVID-19 patients have quadrupled. Banner Health also recently reached capacity for patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment. (2/3)
If you are among higher-risk individuals who’s personal plans have eased because you believe warm weather is a deterrent to the spread of COVID-19, I recommend you reconsider your beliefs. Even if you are a person who is not at an increased risk of death due to COVID infection, the long term effects of a COVID illness are still unknown. Be wise and follow guidelines to prevent disease. Be proactive and protect your health. Be prepared for future medical visits and become a member on MyMedicInfo.com.
Updated 6/9/2020 at 9:40 am EST
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In the United States, many of the recent news reports are focusing on trying to find a new normal. Merely using the word normal implies that things can go back to the way it used to be before COVID-19. Unfortunately, we know that is not going to happen.
One definition of fatigue is a person lacks the energy to perform tasks.It is also known as exhaustion, feeling run down, lethargy, listless, malaise, or weakness. Fatigue may be due to mental stress. It may be due to physical demands. Sometimes it is a combination of both psychological and physical.Pandemic fatigue is feeling these symptoms as a result of adjusting our daily routine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We in the United States are suffering lives lost, unemployment, business disruption, and financial burden. How the pandemic affects individual Americans varies considerably – the contrasts can be as different as night and day.
Staggering unemployment is the new normal. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for April 2020 spiked to 14.7%as 20.5 million workers lost their jobs. Those facts do not include May unemployment figures.
Unemployment Rates for the World’s Largest Economies
The United States Unemployment rate is now equal to Brazil.Other countries who have faced COVID lockdowns such as Germany and the UK have nothad as much of a change as the US. China is the only country to decrease the unemployment rate. People who still have employment are either essential workers or jobs that accommodated them to work from home. 1 in 5 Americans who had employment, lost it due to coronavirus. Some positions terminated while some companies forced to put their employees on hold, and when the weeks turned into a month, the anger was palpable. People protested, wanting to return to their jobs or owners fighting for the survival of their business. We as Americans have invested years of blood, sweat, and tears into our livelihoods, and we realized that we had to return to work. The problem remains, how to make that happen without allowing the virus to spread out of control.
All this stress creates mental fatigue from the pandemic.The kind that disrupts sleep and changes your appetite. Psychological stress affects your ability to concentrate and contributes to other symptoms like headaches, muscle aches, and abdominal pains. It is new stress, and our country unprepared. Our food banks are in high demand, the unemployment offices that process payments unable to keep up, and the federal government was providing a stimulus intended to offset the financial strains are giving away money to corporations and institutions that do not need it. While some large chain restaurants and sports franchises have already said they will return the money, one educational institution has already declared they will keep the money and use it for students. If you don’t acknowledge the mental strain, you are in denial.Denial itself is a psychological mechanism to try and protect oneself from facts.When facts are too painful to admit, denial is a coping mechanism to allow you to continue to function, to move on.