More than a year after struggling U.S. healthcare workers on the front lines were hailed as heroes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many now receive panic buttons when assaulted and ditch their scrubs before go out in public for fear of harassment.
Across the country, doctors and nurses face hostility, threats and violence from patients angry at safety regulations designed to prevent the scourge from spreading.
“A year ago we were health heroes and everyone was cheering us on,” said Dr Stu Coffman, an emergency physician from Dallas. “And now we are, in some areas, hassled and disbelieved and ridiculed for what we’re trying to do, which is just depressing and frustrating.”
Cox Medical Center Branson in Missouri began giving panic buttons to up to 400 nurses and other employees after assaults per year tripled from 2019 to 2020 to 123, a spokeswoman said. A nurse had to take an x-ray of her shoulder after a stroke.
Hospital spokeswoman Brandei Clifton said the pandemic was behind at least part of the increase.
“A lot of nurses say, ‘It’s just part of the job,” Clifton said. “It’s not part of the job.
Some hospitals have limited the number of public entrances. In Idaho, nurses said they were afraid to go to the grocery store unless they changed their gowns to avoid being accosted by angry residents. Doctors and nurses at a Coeur d’Alene hospital have been accused of killing patients by grieving family members who do not believe COVID-19 is real, the spokeswoman said. Caiti Bobbitt Hospital. Others have been the subject of hurtful rumors spread by people angry at the pandemic.
“Our healthcare workers almost feel like Vietnam vets, scared to go out into the community after a shift,” Bobbitt said.
Over Labor Day weekend in Colorado, a passerby threw an unidentified liquid at a nurse working at a mobile vaccination clinic in suburban Denver. Another person in a van ran and destroyed signs placed around the clinic tent.
About three in ten nurses who took part in a survey this month by an umbrella organization of nursing unions across the United States reported an increase in violence where they work, due to factors such as the shortage more staff and more restrictions on visitors. This was down from two in 10 in March, according to the National Nurses United survey of 5,000 nurses.
Also in the news:
►The number of Americans claiming unemployment benefits rose for the third week in a row, a sign that the highly contagious delta variant could slow the recovery in the labor market.
►The World Health Organization says only 15 of Africa’s 54 countries have reached the global goal of fully immunizing 10% of their population by the end of this month.
►Primetta Giacopini, 105, who was 2 when her mother died of the Spanish flu, died in California from COVID-19, her daughter Dorene Giacopini said.
►The organizers of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics detailed new COVID-19 protocols for the games, including a 21-day quarantine for athletes not fully vaccinated, daily tests for those vaccinated and no tickets would not be sold to anyone living outside of China.
►Zac Brown Band canceled a show scheduled for Thursday at the DTE Energy Music Theater near Detroit following a positive COVID-19 test for frontman Brown.
Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 43.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 695,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 233.3 million cases and 4.7 million deaths. More than 184 million Americans – 55% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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“Her name is Teresa Makenzie Sperry”: mom pays tribute to her 10-year-old daughter
The mother of a 10-year-old girl from Virginia who died this week from COVID-19 has slammed Suffolk public schools for issuing a “sorry letter apology” announcing the death without speaking to her or naming her child.
“Her name is Teresa Makenzie Sperry,” Nicole Sperry wrote on Facebook. “My beautiful daughter was taken from me because people are too selfish to care about what might happen to others.”
Terry died on Monday, just days after the onset of her symptoms. Sperry wrote that those who wish to honor Teresa should get vaccinated, wear masks and socially distance themselves.
“Most importantly, stop complaining and keep your sick kids at home,” Nicole Sperry wrote. “Because in the end you can still kiss yours.”
The Beijing Olympics will allow Chinese spectators
The International Olympic Committee has released a first look at the COVID-19 protocols that will be in place during the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing – including long quarantines for unvaccinated participants, daily COVID-19 tests and the absence of international spectators. Unlike Tokyo, where athletes mainly competed behind closed doors, Beijing 2022 organizers have said some Chinese fans will be allowed to attend their Games, provided they follow protocols to be determined.
Foreign spectators, including family members and friends of athletes, will again be excluded. The IOC and the International Paralympic Committee said in the statement that they supported the decision of local organizers to sell tickets to Chinese residents.
– Tom Schad
Aladdin’s reopening on Broadway interrupted by COVID-19 cases
The hit Broadway show “Aladdin” was canceled Wednesday night when COVID-19 breakdown cases were reported within the musical company a day after the show reopened, a worrying sign for Broadway.
“Thanks to our rigorous testing protocols, groundbreaking cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the company of ‘Aladdin’ at the New Amsterdam Theater,” the show announced on social media. “Because the well-being and safety of our guests, cast and crew are our top priority, tonight’s performance, Wednesday, September 2, has been canceled.”
This was Broadway’s first COVID-19 cancellation since the shows resumed with Bruce Springsteen’s concert in July and “Pass Over” as the first play to debut in August.
The pandemic forced Broadway theaters to abruptly close on March 12, 2020, eliminating all shows and scrambling the spring season. Several have rebooted, including the so-called big three of “Wicked”, “Hamilton” and “The Lion King”.
Alabama House Approves $ 400 Million in COVID Money for Prison Construction
The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure to take $ 400 million in COVID relief money and spend it on building prisons, a move garnering national attention. The bill now goes to the Senate. Supporters of the Prison Building Bill, including House Ways and Means General Fund Committee Chairman Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, claim that the use of US bailout money (ARP ) will reduce the amount of money the state has to borrow to the $ 1.3 billion and allow construction to begin immediately.
“This will help cover interest costs,” Clouse said after Wednesday’s vote. “It goes a long way (to) get us started, and much sooner.”
The use of the money has drawn criticism from national and state Democrats. Representative Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, chairman of the United States House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the Treasury Department urging the department to ban the use of the money for prisons, claiming that the ARP money “should not be used to aggravate our national problem of over-incarceration.”
– Brian Lyman, Montgomery announcer
Contribution: Associated Press