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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dr. Daniela J. Lamas: As an I.C.U. doctor I'm used to giving bad news, but I was not prepared for this. But now, as we tighten our protocols to protect our patients from the threat of Covid-19, [they're] alone.

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The devastating image of the lonely deaths of coronavirus patients in Italy hangs over us all. Talking with one of the nurse practitioners in our hospital's new Covid-19 I.C.U. one recent night, I asked what worried her most. "Patients dying alone," she replied quickly.

A doctor next to her nodded in sad agreement. On a recent shift, he had intubated an elderly husband and wife, both of whom had severe respiratory failure from coronavirus. Their daughter asked if she could come in to see them. Though we will make exceptions for many end-of-life visits, in this case, he had to say no " they all lived together, the daughter had a fever herself, and as a result could risk infecting other hospitalized patients. Which means that if her parents die of this, they will do so in separate sterile hospital rooms, far from anyone who loves them.

So it's up to us, the health care workers who are seeing these patients at the front lines, to find ways to maintain connection, to balance our fear with tenderness. This won't be easy.

The heartbreaking toll this virus is taking the human spirit is immeasurable. Someone needs to quickly initiate comprehensive mental health services for both healthcare service providers and family members of the coronavirus' victims.

It's not just necessary, it's mandatory for dealing with the enormity of physical, emotional and sociological damage this virus will eventually wring from our interconnected global societies.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-24 05:00 PM | Reply

"The heartbreaking toll this virus is taking the human spirit is immeasurable."

Yeah that's probably my biggest secondary concern.
People don't go into health care to watch helplessly as people die.
I am expecting an uptick in suicide, homicide, domestic violence, alcoholism, etc. among health care workers.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-24 05:11 PM | Reply

The heartbreaking toll this virus is taking on the human spirit is immeasurable.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-24 05:15 PM | Reply

Not just hospitals. Assisted living facilities, hospice, etc at end of life only one person is allowed in the room. I have a very good friend, his Dad is in hospice care, somehow he and his two sisters must decided when the end is clear, which one can go in, while the others wait outside the facility.

#4 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-03-24 06:44 PM | Reply

We are witnessing the reduction in the value of human life. Death is becoming....normal.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-03-25 08:13 AM | Reply

Ryan Struyk @ryanstruyk

US coronavirus deaths via @CNN:

100 deaths: March 17, 4 p.m.
200 deaths: March 20, 12 p.m.
300 deaths: Saturday, 8 p.m.
400 deaths: Sunday, 6 p.m.
500 deaths: Yesterday, 3 p.m.
600 deaths: Today, 12 p.m.
700 deaths: Today, 8 p.m.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-03-25 08:29 AM | Reply

We are witnessing the reduction in the value of human life. Death is becoming....normal.

POSTED BY DANNI AT 2020-03-25 08:13 AM | REPLY

It's been that way for decades now with for profit health care. If you have money great if not oh well.

#7 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-03-25 08:31 AM | Reply

The Long Goodbye: Funerals Are Another Thing That Now Must Wait

The prohibition on public gatherings imposed as a result of the coronavirus has made it difficult to gather to memorialize those who have died of the virus " or from anything else.

Just another reminder of how abnormal these times are going to be for Americans personally dealing with the loss of loved ones - particularly those who have and will succumb to the coronavirus.

Families and communities won't be able to come together in support of those who've lost dear ones and perhaps thousands upon thousands will be buried or cremated without cathartic memorials for those still here.

Again, just another unmeasurable tragic toll taken upon the psyches of those fortunate enough to remain.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-25 08:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 It's about not spreading a virus, period. That why no visitor policies are in place. It's why restaurants and stores are closed. Come out of you conspiracy bubble every once in a while.

#9 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-03-25 09:35 AM | Reply

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

And we are well on our way to 900 right now. Just like when it comes to anti-vaxxers, I only with it was just the idiots who STILL thinks this isn't a big deal getting sick with it. Unfortunately it is indiscriminate like the Measles and such...

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-25 10:36 AM | Reply

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The heartbreaking toll this virus is taking on the human spirit is immeasurable.

#3 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2020-03-24 05:15 PM | REPLY

It's staggering. I can't get my head around the agony we're only beginning to experience. We have to commit to empathy and compassion for our fellow humans.

#11 | Posted by cbob at 2020-03-25 04:22 PM | Reply

"We have to commit to empathy and compassion for our fellow humans."

^
This is a lot to ask of the roughly 60,000,000 Americans who voted for Trump.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-25 04:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The heartbreaking toll this virus is taking on the human spirit is immeasurable.

Is it? I mean how is it any different than any other disease? Or perhaps automobile deaths in general?

Death in general is the heartbreaking, and saps the human spirit.

Here's a news flash for all you youngins....

You come into this life alone, you will die alone.

Remember Billions have past before you and Billions more will pass after you.

And we are well on our way to 900 right now.

Its interesting, DRLeft say its "heartbreaking"(#3), then in the next post they "cheer" the number of deaths(#10), all because of Trump(#12).....

You people are disgusting.

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-25 07:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Death in general is the heartbreaking, and saps the human spirit."

DEY TOOK YER JERBS!

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-25 07:28 PM | Reply

Technically, everyone dies alone.

#15 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-03-25 09:54 PM | Reply

But sometimes you're surrounded by friends and family.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-25 09:57 PM | Reply

Tis better to die alone than it is to die with a horrible relative by your side who is only there for some kind of obligation sense and not out of any sense of love.

#17 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-03-25 10:06 PM | Reply

"Technically, everyone dies alone.

#15 | POSTED BY CONTRECOUP"

But no one is born alone. Chances are 100% your mother will be at the event.

#18 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-25 10:28 PM | Reply

And we are well on our way to 900 right now.

Its interesting, DRLeft say its "heartbreaking"(#3), then in the next post they "cheer" the number of deaths(#10), all because of Trump(#12).....

You people are disgusting.

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-25 07:25 PM | Reply | Flag:
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Nobody is cheering the number of deaths. Nobody wants deaths or even a collapsed economy. You're being dishonest in saying that, and you know it.

The point is that we've never gotten the sense from Trump (nor from you) that anyone on your side is listening or really gives a sh** about the human toll. When has Trump even mentioned human suffering? All he ever talks about is how mistreated he is and how much he hates the media. He's still tweeting about his victimhood every day -- in the middle of the biggest crisis since at least the world wars, if not our entire history. It's absolutely insane.

Yet you call us disgusting.

#19 | Posted by cbob at 2020-03-25 10:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I posted a thread on 3/23, the first day the US death total topped 100.

On 3/25, it topped 200.

2 days to double. Do the math, we're in for a long tragic haul that the nation as a whole is still not remotely prepared for.

And no, stating the truth in statistics is not "cheering" the carnage. It's making sure the still oblivious or dismissive don't miss the fact that they're living in denial by not seeing the same, then later coming back in the future saying "No one could have ever known it would be so bad."

They know. Experts at math have been telling them this for months.

#20 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-26 12:58 AM | Reply

RE: 20

The daily death toll, obviously not the total number of deaths from the beginning.

#21 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-26 12:59 AM | Reply

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