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The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has changed many things about our society and healthcare over the past few years. As a nurse or travel nurse, you’ve likely experienced COVID-19 positive patients, census spikes, and the relief that came with the vaccination. Even though we’re entering new phases of the pandemic, we encourage you to stay updated on the latest news to protect yourself and provide quality care to your patients. Here’s the latest information on the pandemic, including resources Fastaff provides for our traveling nurses and healthcare providers.
There are four types of coronaviruses which cause common colds in humans. This coronavirus, named COVID-19, is different because it originated in animals and evolved to infect humans. Because of this change in the virus, it is called novel coronavirus. The outbreak is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, with links to a large seafood and live animal market. Other examples of a novel coronavirus is SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus) and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus).
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory virus infections, like influenza. It includes fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, even causing death.
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms appear as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Coronavirus in the United States
Originating in China, it has officially been named a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Globally, there are 105.8 million confirmed cases as of February 8, 2021.
In the United States, there are 26,654,965 total cases and 458,544 deaths as reported by the CDC.
Currently, the United States has more coronavirus cases than any other country, including Italy, Iran and China.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared the COVD-19 outbreak a national emergency.
Starting March. 2020, most cities and states around the country began social distancing measures, started working from home, and were even forced to close businesses to reduce the spread of coronavirus and flatten the curve of coronavirus cases at hospitals.
As a third wave hits the U.S., healthcare systems are being pushed to the limits. Locks downs and restrictions are expected to be reinstated.
As the United States learns how to manage the spread of coronavirus, travel nurse jobs are opening at an exponential rate across the country. Travel nurse's unique skill set to jump in quickly and learn on the fly are need now more than ever as we face a crisis that will define the decade. They are true heroes and have been recognized across the globe for their courage and experiences.
Fastaff’s commitment to the health and safety of our travelers remains consistent. If you have experienced a potential or known exposure to COVID-19, please speak with your unit manager and follow any procedures and guidelines provided by your current facility, as well as keeping your recruiter up to date.
As a nurse, you are heroically putting yourself at risk to serve others. We hope these below facts and tips provided by the CDC will assist you.
The onset and duration of viral shedding and period of infectiousness is not yet known. Looking at similar viruses, like SARS-CoV-2 RNS, it may be detectable in the upper or lower respiratory tract for weeks after illness onset. Existing literature regarding SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses suggest the incubation period may range from 2-14 days.
The immune response is currently not understood. Patients with MERS-CoV infection were unlikely to be re-infected, but it is not yet known if a similar immune response will exist with COVID-19.
Here is what the CDC recommends - Although the transmission dynamics have yet to be determined, a cautious approach to persons under investigation for the coronavirus is recommended. Healthcare professionals should use Standard Precautions, Contact Precautions, Airborne Precautions, and use eye protection when providing care for patients with confirmed COVID-19.
We know that the current shortage of personal protective equipment (masks), needed for you to properly protect yourselves, while taking good care of your patients, is heavy on your minds. While we believe all hospitals are doing what they can to provide this to you, we also recognize the shortage is real. Many of you have already been asked to conserve, clean and reuse masks, and we’re sure many more will be asked to do the same.
Experts tell us that our efforts towards social distancing will flatten the curve, will slow spread of this virus and decrease the demands being put on our healthcare system. While we’re waiting for this to happen, and for manufacturers to send more products, we wanted to share some info you can use to help keep yourself safe.
Most likely, yes. If you are matched with a hospital that requires a coronavirus screening, your recruiter or our credentialing office will provide you an additional screening form. If you have additional questions, please contact your Fastaff recruiter.