Here We Go: Health Care Workers Plagued By Fear And Anger As Coronavirus Spreads.... National Nurses United (NNU) Panic And Flee...

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There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases.Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)    

“The earth will be struck by calamities of all kinds (in addition to plague and famine which will be wide-spread). Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879) 

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 And Post from  2 MARCH 2020

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INSIGHT-U.S. airport screeners, health workers plagued by fear and anger as coronavirus spreads

March 7 (Reuters) - As coronavirus cases exploded across the world, federal medical workers tasked with screening incoming passengers at U.S. airports grew alarmed: Many were working without the most effective masks to protect them from getting sick themselves.

Screeners with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked their supervisors this week to change official protocols and require stronger masks, according to an internal document reviewed by Reuters. On Friday evening, they learned their worst fears were realized: Two screeners, both working at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), had tested positive for the virus.

"Sad news," a senior quarantine official at the CDC wrote in an email Friday evening to colleagues about the two workers. The email, reviewed by Reuters and not previously reported, said the two screeners will be quarantined until March 17. "Let us keep our colleagues at LAX in our thoughts."

The news was not surprising to some CDC screeners.

"It was bound to happen," said a veteran CDC medical official involved with screening who spoke on condition of anonymity. "They are assuring us we are safe. If we were safe, screeners would not be getting sick."

The struggles within the CDC, an agency that advises the country's health systems about how to protect people against the virus, underscore the difficulties confronting health workers across the nation and illustrate a challenge for the Trump administration, which has faced criticism over its response to the outbreak.

Trump on Feb. 26 described the risk from coronavirus as "very low." Cases, however, have now been reported in more than half of the 50 U.S. states and 19 people have died.

U.S. doctors, nurses, emergency responders and government health workers say they are increasingly concerned at what they see as inadequate protections and preparation for workers in the trenches. Many complain of poor training and communication in the workplace as well as insufficient equipment and staffing.

At the CDC, spokesperson Kristen Nordlund said the airport medical screeners receive the protective gear they need, depending on their roles.

The CDC recommends that so-called "secondary" screeners, who meet with passengers who have traveled to certain countries, such as China, wear a surgical mask, gloves and eye protection, Nordlund said. Secondary screeners are advised to stand six feet away from passengers they observe and do not wear the sturdier N95 masks, also known as respirators, because they aren't exposed to symptomatic travelers, she said.

N95 masks are designed to protect screeners from the smaller pathogens such as coronavirus which can penetrate deeper into the lungs. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, surgical masks are not designed to block very small particles, such as those transmitted by coughs and sneezes, and do not provide complete protection because of the loose fit.

Nordlund said that CDC's guidance calls for screeners who meet with people exhibiting obvious signs of illness to wear N95 respirators and other protective gear.

But people infected with the coronavirus do not necessarily exhibit obvious signs of illness.

"Surgical masks won't protect us from getting the virus – they just protect us from infecting someone else," the CDC medical official involved in screening said. "We want to know why we can't wear N-95 masks. It's crazy."

"You might as well have a tissue over your face for all the good it will do," the official added.

The CDC spokeswoman, Nordlund, referred specific questions about the LAX screeners, including about what kind of facial protection they were wearing on the job, to the Department of Homeland Security, which she said employed the two workers as contractors on behalf of CDC.

DHS could not be immediately reached for comment on the workers' masks.

In the meantime, dozens of health care screeners and other employees at LAX believed to have come into contact with the stricken screeners have been ordered to self-quarantine until March 17, the CDC medical official told Reuters.

On Sunday morning, about twelve hours after this story first published, the CDC issued new guidance for secondary screeners, saying N95 respirators are "now optional" for them to use.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not respond to the specific safety concerns raised by the nation's health care workers. But a department spokeswoman said the administration is working with companies that manufacture the equipment, including N95 masks, "so we can rapidly arrange contracts to buy supplies to protect the American people."

Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for Preparedness & Response, said at a Senate hearing on Thursday that historically the plan for protecting front-line health care workers has been to focus on routine influenza, which can be prevented by vaccines or treated with antivirals. Coronavirus is not influenza.

Not preparing more respirators for an outbreak like coronavirus was a "little bit of an oversight and has significant implications for today," Kadlec testified.

He said the government just authorized the purchase of 500 million respirators, which it expects to receive in the next six to 12 months. "So that will ramp up," he said. Earlier, officials had said they had 13 million on hand.

The shortage of medical gear, including N95 masks, is endangering healthcare workers across the world, the WHO said on March 3, calling on governments to move quickly to boost supplies and stop speculation and hoarding.

The CDC's airport screeners are part of the healthcare workforce at risk. But a health expert involved in the U.S. government response said the problem was more widespread. State and local first responders - firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and police - are expressing the same alarm.

"We know the level of expertise and training the people we put on the front line need, but we're not even close to having it," said the expert, who was not authorized to speak on the record.


On Thursday, the union National Nurses United (NNU) released a nationwide survey of registered nurses finding that fewer than half of respondents said their employer has informed them of how to recognize and respond to possible coronavirus cases. Less than a fifth said their bosses have a policy to address employees with suspected or known exposure, and less than a third reported having enough protective gear on hand at work should cases surge, according to NNU.

"They have all of this stuff written down but then we go and talk to our nurses in these facilities and absolutely none of it is being implemented," said Jane Thomason, the lead industrial hygienist with the Health and Safety Division of the National Nurses United. "We're seeing a majority of employers are not prepared."

NNU has petitioned the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt an emergency temporary standard to require protections for health care workers in an infectious disease epidemic.


Around the globe, there are now nearly 102,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 94 countries, with close to 3,500 deaths, most of them still in China, the WHO reports. But already the relatively small number of cases in the United States is testing the limits of the country's preparations.

In Washington state, with about 70 cases thus far, the rapid surge in suspected cases swamped the protections put in place at hospitals and health centers.

One doctor at a major hospital system wrote in email to professional peers around the country that his staff is quickly burning through supplies of protective gear and struggling to properly fit workers with masks.

"Not sustainable," he said.

The March 3 email, shared with Reuters by a recipient on condition that the doctor's name and affiliation be withheld, said the heavy volume of cases scotched plans to furlough workers who had been potentially exposed to the virus.

In one example, the doctor wrote that treating just two patients led to the potential exposure of 350 people. Instead of keeping the staffers at home, the physician said, they were allowing them to work and monitoring them for symptoms.

"This has been a long four days," he wrote.


“The great chastisement will come, because men will not be converted; yet it is only their conversion that can hinder these scourges. God will begin to strike men by inflicting lighter punishments in order to open their eyes; then He will stop, or may repeat His former warnings to give place for repentance. But sinners will not avail themselves of these opportunities; He will, in consequence, send more severe castigations, anxious to move sinners to repentance, but all in vain. Finally, the obduracy of sinners shall draw upon their heads the greatest and most terrible calamities. Mélanie

“We are all guilty! Penance is not done, and sin increases daily. Those who should come forward to do good are retained by fear. Evil is great. A moderate punishment serves only to irritate the spirits, because they view all things with human eyes. God could work a miracle to convert and change the aspect of the earth without chastisement. God will work a miracle; it will be a stroke of His mercy; but after the wicked shall have inebriated themselves with blood, the scourge shall arrive Mélanie

“What countries shall be preserved from such calamities? Where shall we go for refuge? I, in my turn, shall ask, What is the country that observes the commandments of God? What country is not influenced by human fear where the interest of the Church and the glory of God are at stake? (Ah, indeed! What country, what nation upon earth?) In behalf of my Superior and myself, I have often asked myself where we could go for refuge, had we the means for the journey and for our subsistence, on condition that no person were to know it? But I renounce these useless thoughts. We are very guilty! In consequence of this, it is necessary that a very great and terrible scourge should come to revive our faith, and to restore to us our very reason, which we have almost entirely lost. Mélanie

Victim of Jesus nee MELANIE CALVAT,
Shepherdess of La Salette

"I protest highly against a different text, which people may dare publish after my death. I protest once more against the very false statements of all those who dare say and write First that I embroidered the Secret; second, against those who state that the Queen Mother did not say to transmit the Secret to all her people." Mélanie


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