The new coronavirus (Covid-19) does not distinguish between age, sex or profession; crushes those who do not have appropriate health measures and, in the case of hospital staff, with the protection and instruments necessary to combat it.
Medical interns from different hospitals have been reported, through social networks and their places of work, the lack of protocols and protection as a part of the problems they face to meet their work and care properly for the people who need treatment, to the sanitary contingency that runs through the country.
Marcela and Diego, as they will be named for fear of reprisals, are two inmates of a private hospital in the capital of Puebla and is part of a group of 11 young people who make their boarding school and were positive to Covid-19 for not having protective gear and protocols when it started the health crisis.
Like their peers, take more than 25 days isolated and as far as you know, the hospital was established as the date of his return on the 1st of may, when his period of quarantine ends, and in theory are immune to the virus for you to continue with your internship.
“At the beginning there was no protocol, as they already had it, but it took like a week to apply it. We ask for face cloths and told us that they were counted”, says Marcela. “When he came the first case, was never an option to go to our house,” adds Diego.
As part of his internship, the young people should make guards 36 hours and all live together in the same room, so that meetings with their superiors was asked to reduce the time in the hospital, guards 24 hours, go to at certain times, or turn-taking days to reduce the exposure, but had no success.
Just an intern is tested in the hospital; the other, by your account.
“We were told that we were exaggerating, that the only official measures that were given was that we were not in at-risk areas that are accident and emergency, intensive therapy and the floors which are isolated from patients and which were already fulfilled. But the nurses who dealt with the infected ate in the dining room where we all eat,” explains next to Marcela.
“We complained and we got a lot of excuses, they began to take measures of a mask in turn, which we had to go to sign for it,” according to Diego. The 24-year old man explains that both the contagion of it as that of their peers did not treat a patient with coronavirus, but which possibly was due to the transmission from internal to internal, since they had to take care of patients in the emergency department.
Apparently, say the doctors, it all started when one of his colleagues presented a severe headache and a cough from the 4th of march last, by which he was sent to his home to see his evolution and from there it all began to present symptoms.
Despite this, the rest of the inmates continued to work, and by the absence of those who were suspected cases, had to bend the guards.
“Already we commented that we felt bad. I felt weird, I hurt the knees and the head, but it is something that tends to happen if you stay much time in the hospital,” says Diego.
“Of the 11, two people had no symptoms, were living with us, but they didn’t have any, and of the nine that were, six of us did the test, we went out positive and the other three were told they are no longer going to do because it was obvious that they were infected”, says Marcela.
Doctors require team protection response to the pandemic of Covid-19.
The danger of this outbreak among the young, they say, is that they all worked in different areas. They had contact with pregnant women, the elderly, and with his own family.
Since I was admitted the first case with Covid-19, the inmates decided to take preventive measures within their homes. They changed their clothes and had insulation in part by fear of infecting their loved ones.
In the case of Marcela, her father is over 60 years old, diabetic and hypertensive, so you had to leave your home so as not to expose, while that with Diego, his father is hypertensive and also decided to go to another building, where we only carried food.
The symptoms in both cases were different, Diego was in the emergency room of the hospital in which he works and was the only intern at the hospital made the test; others had to do it on their own.
Marcela says: “I Had a lot of headache that did not remove, but the Monday and Tuesday of last week gave me a cold very strong, those are the days that worst the went through. I never had a fever”.
Diego started with symptoms on march 20. “I had headache, fatigue, joint pain and muscle pain, as the body cut off. I hurt more stand still than move, if I stayed in one position was starting to become unbearable. My coordinator told me that could get me into a hospital of the ministry of Health”.
Both coincide in the loss of senses; Marcela, the smell and the taste, and Diego, only the smell, in addition to fatigue by doing simple things like making the bed or bathing. With regard to the help that has given them the hospital where they admitted her, they say that they have not received support. Only have a group of WhatsApp, which have with doctors in which they ask them how they are.
It is expected that 1 may return to work, but don’t know if it will be healthy to that date.
“You’re the last link in the food chain, you are the one that throw the shield of the war, and without protection, because we are not employees, officers of the hospital, nor are we students. We are nothing, we are not defending the hospital or the university and if it makes us afraid”.
“Many doctors still have a thought very archaic of you’re doctor and: ‘take a chance, because of this do’, and if you go, do not you have a vocation. But I think that it is one thing to be a doctor and another to be irresponsible”, says Marcela.
For Diego, the inmates to leave the hospitals, as they have announced institutions such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), the Autonomous University of Mexico (UAM), the Universidad Anáhuac, BUAP and UAS, among others, is a form of pressure to force hospitals to ensure minimum equipment of protection for the workers.
“It’s good pressure point to note that actually we do have, that we are a big force in the health care system in mexico. I know that we are students, we are not paid much, but we have to take as much care as any other doctor that is within the system. Although we lack experience, we do quite; interns and residents are the most unprotected,” says the young
Outbreaks of coronavirus between staff of public and private hospitals have begun to unravel. The largest number is that of the General Hospital of Subzone with Family Medicine, in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, where there is already at least 42 workers diagnosed positive.
Puebla is the fourth state of the Republic with the highest number of cases, with 214 infections Covid-19 and 15 deaths due to the coronavirus, the total at the national level, which are 3 thousand 844 positive cases and 233 deaths.
Next to arrive to phase 3 of the pandemic in Mexico and more than 20 days of total isolation, these young people prepare to return to his internship with the uncertainty of not knowing if you will actually be immune to the virus, but with the aim to continue on their path to specialize in orthopedics and ophthalmology.