EMTs in Boston detail life on the COVID-19 front lines: ‘We’re drained’

first_imgABC NewsBy ENJOLI FRANCIS and WILL REEVE, ABC News(BOSTON) — With Boston in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, first responders there, working around the clock and fanning out through the city to aid residents, said that everyone appeared to be “at a higher stress level.”EMTs Marianne Muniz and Amalia Borges said that residents were afraid and that EMS workers faced the mental stress of trying to calm patients down and assure them that they were going to be taken care of and going to be safe. “A lot of people just don’t want to get sick,” Muniz told ABC News Tuesday. “They see the high number of cases and it definitely causes an internal panic with them.”With the city in its seventh week of the pandemic, Jim Hooley, the chief of Boston Emergency Medical Services, told ABC News on Tuesday that his team had seen an “uptick” in calls for suspected COVID-19.Boston EMS said that its workers had responded to more than 1,200 calls for novel coronavirus.“We’re taking calls a little bit slower, a little bit more deliberate, trying to be careful to protect ourselves, to make sure that we do our self-monitoring,” Hooley said.The death toll in Massachusetts, which is experiencing its surge, is nearing 2,000 and the cases topped more than 41,000, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston.The women told ABC News on Tuesday they felt like their department was ensuring that EMS workers were prepared and protected. And, Borges said that workers were taking similar protective measures when they got home to their families.Despite this, she said that “some days I want to kind of scorch my entire uniform before I walk into the house.”Muniz and Borges said that their department had their uniforms cleaned and that even some cleaners had offered their services.“There’s been a big (outpouring) from the community to assist us with food, housing, like I said, uniforms. It’s been great. We do appreciate all the love … that we’ve received from the community,” said Borges, who’s been an EMT for almost eight years.She said that even though she was working during the Boston Marathon bombing, she could not compare anything to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the city.“We’ve never had to wear this amount of equipment to go to these calls,” Borges said.“There’s no sugar-coating this stuff. We’re drained,” she said. “We’re exhausted.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Household flu precautions, pneumonic plague in China

first_imgAug 5, 2009Use of hand hygiene and masks may slow flu spread in householdsIn a Hong Kong study, the use of hand hygiene and surgical face masks seemed to reduce flu transmission in households when started within 36 hours after the index patient’s first symptoms, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine published ahead of print. The study involved 407 people who sought treatment for flu-like illness and 794 household members. The households were divided into three groups—control, hand hygiene only, and hand hygiene plus face masks. Sixty household contacts of the patients had lab-confirmed flu within 7 days after the intervention. Hand hygiene with or without masks seemed to reduce transmission, but the differences were not statistically significant. However, a significant reduction (adjusted odds ratio, 0.33; 95% confidence interval, 0.13 to 0.87) was seen in households where the two interventions were started within 36 hours after the first patient became ill.[Oct 6 Ann Intern Med report]Pneumonic plague kills three, sickens nine more in Chinese townThree people have died of pneumonic plague and nine more have the often-deadly disease in the town of Ziketan in China’s Qinghai province, the Associated Press (AP) reported. One of the surviving patients was described as being near death, one was in serious condition, and the others were stable, the report said. Police have set up check points to seal off the town of 10,000, located about 300 miles west of Beijing. The outbreak was detected Jul 30. The report said most of the sick people are relatives of the first victim, a 32-year-old herdsman who fell ill after burying his dog.last_img read more

Hector Bellerin speaks out after Arsenal defeat and reacts to crowd booing

first_imgArsenal’s players looked totally dejected at the end of the game (Picture: Getty)The match was interim manager Freddie Ljungberg’s first at the Emirates and the defeat will have done little to help his chances of getting the job permanently, though Bellerin insists he has the squad’s backing.He added: ‘For us, Freddie has helped the team a lot in this week. He’s added a lot of energy in the dressing room. Whoever is there we are going to give 100%, it’s our job as players, and we’re going to give 100% for Freddie.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Brighton’s win means Arsenal have not won in the league since the start of October (Getty)Asked about the booing, the Spanish defender told Amazon Prime Video: ‘I think from the pitch, from how hard we’ve been working this week, from everything, every single player has given their 100%, the coaches as well.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When we come out on that pitch, everyone wants to win. Everyone wants to give their best for that shirt. Sometimes I don’t know, as I say, it’s hard to say it.‘I felt like, especially in the second half, the team was full of energy, we had a goal disallowed – which was rightly disallowed anyway – but as I say it’s just hard to take for us. We need to keep going, we cannot give up, we need to keep playing like the second half and I’m sure 100% the results will come.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe continued: ‘I don’t even know what to say. You get the feeling that whatever we’re doing it doesn’t come out right.‘The team gave its best, especially you can see how we pushed in the second half, created chances, every single player was going for every single ball, we defended good, but it seems like we need so many chances to score a goal and other teams with the smallest chances they score. It sounds a bit hard to say, but sometimes it’s like lost for words a bit.’ Advertisement Hector Bellerin insists Arsenal players ‘gave 100%’ after being booed during Brighton defeatcenter_img The Spanish defender feels the team gave everything despite losing on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin is adamant Arsenal’s players gave ‘100%’ in their Premier League defeat to Brighton on Thursday night after they were booed off the pitch following the full-time whistle.The Gunners went behind in a poor first-half showing but levelled at the start of the second through Alexandre Lacazette as they raised their game – though they ultimately succumbed to a 2-1 defeat as Neal Maupay struck a late winner.Fans showed their discontent, booing when the final whistle was blown, but Bellerin – who fronted up to the media afterwards – felt the reaction was a little unwarranted. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 11:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link302Shareslast_img read more