I hate when I’m talking about COVID and someone says “well, but it mostly effects the elderly or people in nursing homes” like ??? Okay??? Yeah it does disproportionately effect the elderly and nursing home residents but,
A). It can effect literally anyone to a deadly degree and,
B). Do you like …..think those people deserve to die ??? Like I’ve heard people use this in an argument as to why social distancing and mask wearing doesn’t matter and like ?? Okay?? So what your saying is you don’t care if your negligence gets someone killed just because they’re elderly and or/ living in a nursing home?? What kind of logic is that?? Like yeah maybe /you/ don’t work in a nursing home, but what if you come into contact with someone who does, and they take it into the home?
As someone who works in a nursing home, I can tell you once COVID gets in, it’s ground zero. We were lucky to not have it get into our home until the end of last month. It took out an entire hallway of residents. Read that again. An entire. Hallway. Twenty people. Real, live, humans suffering and dying. Alone. Without their families. So many residents I loved and cared for, so many with such spunky, funny, loving personalities. A nursing home down the street my friend works at lost forty-two residents in a month and a half. My partners grandmother, in a nursing home, died alone, confused, and in pain. If everyone had to witness people they’ve been taking care of dying off one after another, I think they’d probably take it more seriously.
Our memo board in our break room is filled with obituaries. Our residents are scared and alone, without their families, dreading if it’s them next. We just had another positive resident case again this week, and it’s working it’s way through another hallway. This is reality. Nursing home workers can only do so much to keep it out when no one else in the country is taking this seriously. The amount of selfishness and self centeredness blows my mind and is honestly making me lose faith. This is a classic case of “out of sight out of mind” people are not seeing the tragedy happening in nursing homes right now. the suffering and death is happening right here, right now. Nursing homes right now are, for a lack of a better term, a slaughter house. And it really doesn’t seem like anyone cares.