COVID-19 in the U.S. | What You Need to Know
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned most countries across the globe upside down, despite the widespread hope that things would return to a level of normalcy in the following months of its announcement in the U.S. It’s likely that what we once knew as “normal” may never resume. Still, amidst the uncertainty, there are new opportunities for change and our healthcare system’s evolution.
Communities across the U.S. are at varying stages of managing the COVID-19 outbreak, depending on infection rates in each state. With Summer upon us, many people are heading outside to soak in the sun, tackle yard work, and escape indoors. Although there’s still much uncertainty lingering in today’s atmosphere, what individuals do have control over is ensuring their safety and their families’ safety. Keeping your home safe should involve staying home whenever possible and consulting the C.D.C.’s suggested precautions when deciding to leave your home.
Engaging in outdoor activity is safest, as open spaces inhibit the build-up of condensed, infected air–which can aggregate quickly indoors. Erin Bromage, a comparative immunologist and biology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, tells The New York Times, “Outside is definitely safer, but it’s the type of interactions you have when you’re outside that is important.” A Japanese case study draws a similar conclusion to Bromage, finding the odds of contracting COVID-19 are 20 times more likely when exposed to the virus indoors versus outdoors.
Testing and P.P.E.
Many U.S. states are planning to introduce a secondary phase of COVID-19 restrictions that will be less restrained than when it has experienced higher infection rates earlier in the year. Health experts have reported an uptick in testing will be crucial to this phase. Testing will allow healthcare professionals to monitor infection trends, equip the infected with knowledge about how to limit exposure to others, and perform contact tracing to determine which individuals should potentially be isolated.
According to the Chicago Tribune, last month, FEMA, a primary U.S. federal agency in charge of the COVID-19 response, distributed 74 million N95 masks and 66 million hospital-grade gloves. P.P.E.’s mass distribution was issued based on areas deemed hot-spots and not based on population, as previously done. FEMA’s contribution of P.P.E. only makes up a portion of all the P.P.E. reserves in each state. The U.S. government has continued putting forth tremendous efforts in replenishing a once-diminished stockpile, with the intent to build a substantial supply to keep healthcare workers and civilians safe.
Jobs in high demand
A study conducted by The Bureau of Labor Statistics (B.L.S.) estimates the demand for nurses in the U.S. will continue to mount in the years to come. Historically, the U.S. has relied heavily on the talent of foreign-educated healthcare professionals to overcome the nursing deficit in the U.S.–one it has faced for several decades. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, hospitals across the country seek the support of foreign-educated nurses and allied professionals, now more than ever.
Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) Nurses, Telemetry/H.D.U. Nurses and Medical Technologists are amongst the most needed specialties in the U.S. during this unprecedented time. Explore hundreds of U.S. job opportunities across the country with MedPro International by taking one step closer to your American Dream–apply today.
What’s Next for the U.S.?
COVID-19 has dramatically reshaped the U.S. healthcare system, causing us to reflect on the future of healthcare facilities throughout the nation. The pandemic has tasked many healthcare workers while also preparing us to be more resilient in the future. COVID-19 has spurred innovations and challenged the healthcare field in ways that experts predict will influence the healthcare landscape for the foreseeable future.
Healthcare facilities continue to face a heightened need for caregivers. Across the U.S., MedPro International considers foreign-educated healthcare professionals a crucial part in balancing the current healthcare system deficit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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