The Coronavirus Has Gone Viral

I’m sure you are dying to read another snippet on coronavirus! Recently I read an article that was actually meaningful and laid out the real concerns in terms of overload to the hospitals and resources. Put in statistical terms which allow a healthcare worker to see the domino effect of these numbers, the concern is real. However, what I am frankly tired of is the topic and all the emails and notices coming from businesses that seem to just think they need to say something so they are not the only ones appearing insensitive to the issue. I actually got an email from Nordstrom! There was really no point to the email other than letting me (and all their Nordy club customers) know they are aware of the virus.

There is something else bothering me though. The need for people who are infected with the coronavirus to stay sequestered in their homes, etc. is really no different in my opinion than the need for people who are infected with the flu virus (or any other contagion) to stay sequestered in their home. If people applied this same diligence every flu season there would be better overall outcomes, and yet the average person seems to think sequestering and disinfecting is a novel and extreme idea. I clearly remember a few years ago the hospital where I worked was overrun with flu patients to the point we went through the rigorous process of opening up a unit that was closed for remodeling. If that flu season had been taken this seriously, I imagine that would have made a difference in our community.

Bottom line, if you are sick, stay home and be respectful of staying away from people. If you aren’t sick, wash your hands often and keep your hands off your face. The message we are being barraged with right now in light of the coronavirus is a message that should be our everyday reaction to illness prevention.


Terri Vidals
Terri Vidals

Terri has been a pharmacist for over 30 years and is a drug diversion mitigation and monitoring subject matter expert. Her years of experience in various roles within hospital pharmacy have given her real-world insight into risk, compliance, and regulatory requirements, as well as best practices for medication and patient safety.

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