The strain of COVID-1
Lewis’s column, “Confession of the California Nurse COVID,” focuses on Dykehouse’s contact tracking studies, in which she works back from a positive COVID-19 test, trying to find everyone, the new positive case may be exposed to the deadly virus. It offers some luminous insight into the work, as well as a level of detail about the cases that local officials have so far refused to offer.
“Two cases stuck in Erica’s mind.” One was a couple in their 70s, both probably contagious. She found them, told them to quarantine, and they turned right and hosted a large barbecue on the fourth of July. When she tried to contact guests who may have been infected, she found them either contemptuous or outright rude. “You have these little social networks that are hostile,” she said. “Most of the time, they’re polite enough to just tease. But I’m trying to develop thick skin. “
The other case that stuck in her head was the met dealer. The public health nurses met him soon after he became infected, and although he rejected their advice, he said he would isolate himself. Erica suspected she was still sneaking in at night, and her suspicion was confirmed when she infected her friend, who in turn infected her daughter-in-law. The girlfriend of the friend, who had no symptoms, went to work in a nursing home in Eureka Alder Bay Assisted Living. More than a dozen employees and residents became infected. Four died. “
Humboldt County Lead Information Center Heather Mueller declined to confirm the case-specific details of Lewis’s report.
“Some details were shared with the reporter, which could endanger the privacy of the participants,” Mueller wrote in an email to magazine“Therefore, the Joint Information Center cannot confirm this information.”
Elsewhere in the column quoted by Dykehouse, she says that although the criteria have changed many times over the course of the pandemic, since June her contact investigations have generally focused on a single question: Who were you within 6 feet more? from 15 minutes? But apart from the case-specific details, the biggest draw from the column is Dickhouse, who says more and more people are no longer cooperating with contact investigations and instead hang on to it without calling back or tying up.
In the beginning they were cooperative. Although no one was pleased to hear that they had COVID-19, people respected its authority. They behaved as much as people did before the pandemic, when she told them they had to isolate themselves. … And they did everything possible to comply – at least until mid-May, just after the revocation of the state order for shelter. From that moment on, her diary tells the story of a discouraging change. People were less and less interested in what she had to say: as if they thought they knew everything they needed to know. “A lot of these people get their medical information from Facebook,” Erika said. People stopped returning her calls. People hung on it. People even threw it away. “For the first time in this job, I encounter people who tease me – except for the PPP,” said Erika. “Most of the time, you call and say, ‘I’m a public health nurse,’ and they talk to you or they call you.” We are used to people believing us. They don’t do it now. That was very strange. … But by the end of June, Erica and her colleagues felt that everything was going in the wrong direction. “We feel like we’re losing control of the situation,” said one district health official. “People get it and we don’t know where.”
In your email to magazineMueller said Dykehouse’s views did not necessarily reflect the county’s views.
“The interview reflects the impressions and experiences of the employee who participated in it and does not necessarily reflect the wider experience of public health employees or the state of the current operation,” she wrote before focusing, emphasizing the importance of timely testing. “When a county as small as ours gets a particularly high number of cases, we risk wasting our resources. That’s why testing and tracking contacts is so important. “
As of July 1, Humboldt County has confirmed 95 new cases of COVID-19, which is 42 percent of the total number of cases in the county so far.
Lewis is the author of more than a dozen books, including Poker of liars,, Moneyball,, The blind side,, The big short and Flash guys, His full Bloomberg the column is worth reading and can be found here.