They have been on the front line of the fight against covid from minute one of the pandemic without hesitating to put their lives at risk to save that of patients. The delivery of the health community, prepared for the third wave of the virus, is pure vocation.
In the first days of the pandemic, the faces of the toilets full of marks on the skin caused by the protective equipment after 12-hour shifts treating patients with covid went around the world. Dark days in which health workers like Rosa Louis, manager of the Marina Baixa health department, were infected at work because the few masks were reserved for professionals on the front line due to the shortage of material, which was looked at with a magnifying glass. Louis directs one of the health areas of the province of Alicante most affected in the first wave, with 769 positives and 106 deaths until May, and is an example of how they fight every day in the trenches against SARS-CoV-2 thousands of toilets delivered 24 hours a day, Saturdays, Sundays, early mornings, glued to the telephone in the few hours of rest: doctors, nurses and assistants, but also orderlies, orderlies and the rest of the personnel of the hospitals and health centers of the province, without forgetting the contribution of pharmacy professionals. Everyone is tired but they keep intact the desire to work and the strength to face the third wave whose peak is approaching. Because the virus is still among us and “what comes to us will be as hard as the first, sure, but we are prepared,” says the manager of the Marina Baixa hospital.
«In those days you looked at the protective material with a magnifying glass because there was very little»
With the first year approaching since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the SARS-CoV-2 a global pandemic, some things have changed. Experts know much more about the virus and how it behaves, although it is always surprising, and ICU, Emergency and internist workers are much more protected, to the point that there are hardly any infections in hospital staff in a province that led in April the positives among health workers in the Community with 1,500 affected workers, which led professional associations to demand resources to contain the avalanche.
In that first wave, the Marina Baixa hospital suddenly received, like the other hospitals in the province, twice as many patients as beds the center had due to covid, forcing the management to forget the lists waiting, the worry at that time, and opting for a survival management with “quick and drastic decisions because we did not want people to die,” explains Louis, a specialist in Preventive Medicine. The creation of double circuits in the Emergency Department, the distribution of ICU beds in various areas of the hospital and the referral of patients to clinics, in a public-private collaboration with the permission of Health, «allowed us to leave that time with integrity and in the end the numbers weren’t bad. The health area took advantage of the de-escalation to double ICU and Emergency beds as reinforcement for the second and third waves; They got their own machine to analyze PCR without having to send the samples to Alicante, and they tried to anticipate the evolution of the curve by opening a third plant for covid patients. INFORMATION recognizes with an «Important» the enormous role of the entire healthcare community.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.