How can so many people give zero fucks about anyone but themselves?

I’m having a hard time with this one today, folks. We are now at 3 days of >2000 cases/day. We’ve surpassed our wave 2 ICU peak. Young, healthy people are landing in hospital. /1
All this while 1000s deliberately gather and break PH rules and risk spreading COVID. For what? Because “freedoms?”

We are getting to the point where we are discussing taking away the freedom to have access to an ICU bed if things continue like this. What about that freedom? /2
You don’t think it’s real? You think it’s a hoax? Tell that to the 30 and 40 year olds who my colleagues and I have to help breathe because they’re SO sick from COVID. Tell that to the person in a car accident that might be deemed “too sick” to get an ICU bed. /3
Tell that to the thousands of HCWs who are continuing to fight this pandemic on the frontlines despite the moral injury that we have endured over the last 1+ year; the moral injury that will BREAK US if we have to choose who gets an ICU bed over another. /4
I know most Albertans are doing their part. To those of you who are, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

To those who aren’t and continue to put the lives of fellow Albertans at risk. Stop, take a step back, and know that you can always start doing the right thing today. /5
Adding this here because it needs to be said /6

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27 Apr
Things that stuck out to me at @jkenney’s presser today:

1. He mentioned “natural immunity” multiple times - does this mean it’s a good thing so many people are getting infected as far as he’s concerned? By the way, this philosophy is very flawed. /1
2. He mentioned that new restrictions won’t stop ppl from breaking the rules and won’t target where infection is spreading. I’d like to see the sector specific data to back this up. Media has been asking for this for months. Also, why are places of worship still open?! /2
3. Ongoing reliance on vaccinations. This should NOT be a race between vaccines and variants, but he’s turning it into one. We aren’t even certain how effective vaccines are against some of the VOCs. We need to slow down community spread and bring numbers DOWN in a big way. /3
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5 Apr
Based on current plans, wave 3 may have LESS bed capacity than wave 2 for many reasons:

1. We can’t cohort COVID pts in the same rooms anymore because of the VOCs. Before, we could put 2-4 pts in the same room on COVID wards, but now have to wait for VOC results /1
2. We can’t use the OR recovery rooms as ICU overflow space anymore because of the VOCs and inability to cohort multiple COVID patients in one space (the recovery room is one large open space with multiple patient spaces) /2
3. HCWs are burnt out and taking appropriate mental health time off. This means that we are short staffed and have to close beds because they can’t be staffed. I’ve seen this happen almost daily at work. Again, this effectively reduces the space we have to work with /3
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3 Feb
I think it's time we talk about how healthcare workers are managing the burden of this pandemic. A thread...

Your healthcare workers are tired. We have been fighting to keep you healthy for almost 1 year now, and we cannot handle a third wave. /1
This last 11 months has been terrible for everyone, but the last month brought a glimmer of hope. Hope with the decreasing cases, the arrival of vaccines, and the steadying of hospital numbers. That hope has now been directly challenged by the entry of variant cases of COVID. /2
The variants spread more easily, can be more deadly, and have started to spread in the community. The variants are threatening the hard work we all have done in recent weeks to get control of this virus. They are threatening a spike in cases that could lead to another wave... /3
Read 13 tweets
18 Jan
I'm calling on @AHS_media to clarify potential misinformation being circulated about the 16,000 vaccine doses available to HCWs this past weekend.

1. When did these slots become available? Talking to those who booked early last week, the 1st available appts were late Jan. /1
This first question is important to clarify, since there is much chatter about HCWs not wanting to fill these slots, leading to a plea by @AHS_media and @CMOH_Alberta on Thursday to fill them. My understanding is that the slots opened the SAME DAY the plea went out. /2
The public needs details on this so that false information about HCWs not wanting to be vaccinated can be stopped immediately.

2. How many HCWs were eligible for vaccinations this past weekend?

3. Were there any issues with notification of these eligible HCWs? /3
Read 5 tweets
15 Jan
A summary of frustrations I’ve heard from my colleagues who are eligible and eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine in AB.

Spoiler Alert: the new abundance of appointments this weekend is not because of lack of interest or desire on the part of HCWs to get the vaccine. /1
1. Those that booked appointments earlier this week were given appointments next week or later. The weekend availability is new.

2. Those eligible for Phase 1A (which is now) have yet to receive their emails/calls about booking their vaccine. /2
3. Those who are eligible for the vaccine who called the booking phone number earlier this week to book are denied appointments and asked to wait for their email (which they’re still waiting for). /3
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9 Dec 20

That is what I feel today after the measures that Government introduced yesterday evening. I'm glad that the health of Albertans and our healthcare system is being made the priority. Now, as HCWs, we can finally focus solely on taking care of patients. /1
To be clear, this is not to dismiss the importance of our economy, but right now, our priority MUST be the preservation of a functioning healthcare system. The biggest threat to our economy would be continuing to allow COVID to spread unchecked. /2
I am thrilled to see a province-wide mandatory mask mandate. This is a simple and easy step to help stop the spread of COVID-19. I am also happy to see *most* services being closed. /3
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