Recently, health authorities around the United States are now allowing nurses and others infected with the COVID virus to work provided they are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms of the disease. Previously, infected healthcare workers had been quarantined regardless of symptoms.
It is absolutely crazy that hospitals would allow people who test positive for COVID to return to work only because the facilities are short-staffed! Nurses must remove their masks to eat or drink and should they test positive, even if they are asymptomatic, we don’t know if they still can transmit the virus to others.
A number of nursing unions are very concerned about this growing trend of allowing asymptomatic positive COVID members back into the workplace. Apparently, healthcare facilities are hesitant to pay nurses, who most likely contracted COVID while on the job, to quarantine
I find it curious that COVID positive employees can return to work with neither isolation nor even testing. If we hope to stop the spread of COVID, then how can nurses who tested positive be allowed to re-enter the facilities to work?
The California Nurses Association is moving to fight these guidelines. At one facility in San Diego Sharp’s system, asymptomatic workers may return to work after 5 days, the same as the general public. In addition, they are requiring KN95 masks for 10 days.
While this latest wave, the omicron variant, is cascading out of control and with flu and other seasonal ailments surrounding us, let’s keep our healthcare providers safe so they can take of our communities NOW!