If the omicron variant continues to spread across Tennessee, hospitals may soon turn to a strategy that once felt unthinkable: Letting infected employees stay on the job. Hospitals across the state could ask doctors and nurses who are infected with coronavirus but still well enough to keep working to continue to treat patients.
To be clear, this strategy is a desperate one. It has been recommended as a “last resort” by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and recently employed by some embattled hospitals in California and Rhode Island.
In Tennessee, where hospital staff are in short supply, multiple hospitals have considered allowing infected but asymptomatic employees to keep working, said Andrea Turner, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Hospital Association.
In the search for the perfect COVID purity, the health systems went stupid to the point of almost uselessness. The problem is people are still getting sick from the regular stuff, but there is nobody to take up the slack because they were sent away. “Infected but asymptomatic” simply means they caught the bug and belong to the almost 99% of those who either are immune to the bug or their bodies took care of it. They are in other words, healthy individuals capable of doing work and take care of others, but in the search of the COVID purity (part and parcel of the COVID theater of Horror), were set aside as impure, but now are desperately needed.
I hope when this shit ends, the lesson learned is how fucked up the approach to fighting a sickness was done and how to never do it again. And I firmly believe that the final count of those who dies from other infirmities but could not be treated or prevented, will be tenfold the number of those who died from the Chink Flu.
And that head should roll high and far for it. And that is not a figure of speech.