When You Die of the Coronavirus, You Die Alone

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Rob Lister
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When You Die of the Coronavirus, You Die Alone

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When You Die of the Coronavirus, You Die Alone

BOSTON — As an I.C.U. doctor I’m used to giving bad news, but I was not prepared for this.

I paused outside my patient’s room to watch her for a moment. She lay on the bed, tethered to a ventilator by the tracheostomy tube in her neck. Her husband sat in a small plastic chair beside her with his hand on her leg, smiling at some silly sitcom playing on the TV. I hesitated a beat. And then I entered.

I had to tell him. There was no way to soften the blow. The hospital is changing its rules, I said. No more visitors. When you leave today, you both need to say goodbye.
https://dnyuz.com/2020/03/24/when-you-d ... die-alone/

Very sad article. My wife and I went today to get my picc line cleaned. The door to the infusion center was locked. We were was looking on the door for some kind of sign and a voice from a box greeted us. I had to answer a bunch of health questions. The box told us that my wife could not come in. She had to wait in the car.

It's okay, I cracked a window for her.
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Re: When You Die of the Coronavirus, You Die Alone

Post by Anaxagoras »

Fuck, man. You picked a hell of a time to get cancer.

I would say to stay safe but you already know that.
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Re: When You Die of the Coronavirus, You Die Alone

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Spanish Military Finds Dead Bodies And Seniors 'Completely Abandoned' In Care Homes

The Spanish military has found older residents of some care homes "completely abandoned" and even "dead in their beds," Defense Minister Margarita Robles said in a television interview on Monday.

They were found as soldiers disinfected and provided emergency health care services this week to residential homes across the country. Robles did not give an exact figure for the number of dead bodies found by Spanish soldiers.

With more than 39,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,800 deaths as of Tuesday, Spain is the second hardest-hit country in Europe.

On Tuesday, 514 new deaths were registered in a 24-hour period, the worst increase since the outbreak began. Retirement homes have been particularly affected.

Last week, one privately owned home in Madrid reported 20 deaths and 75 infections, claiming it didn't have adequate material to take care of the sick residents and dead bodies.

While the usual protocol in Spanish nursing homes is to put the body of a deceased person in cold storage until a funeral service picks it up, bodies are now being left in beds until properly equipped staff can remove them.

Speaking in a television interview, Robles said staff in some centers had left the nursing homes after cases of COVID-19 were detected. Residents were abandoned to take care of themselves, even though some were sick and in serious condition.

The defense minister said the government will take action against those responsible. "We will be completely relentless and forceful with the kind of treatment elderly residents receive in these centers," Robles said. "I know that a vast majority [of centers] are fulfilling their obligations."

Meanwhile, Spanish prosecutors have launched an investigation into the incidents. In Spain, around 19% of the population is older than 65; the country has one of the longest life expectancies in the world.
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronaviru ... -care-home

Very alone. :|
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Re: When You Die of the Coronavirus, You Die Alone

Post by Pyrrho »

A bit of critical thinking. Worth reading the Twitter thread.

Wish these guys would post on blogs or something other than Twitter.