In an article published Bloomberg Today, the famous journalist Michael Lewis is the author Moneyball,, Big short and The fifth risk, among other notable works, writes of his recent surprise visit to all Humboldt County health offices. The work is definitely worth reading. You can check it out here.
Much of the article focuses on Lewis’s conversations with health care nurse Erica Dykehouse, who examines in detail the long working days she invests to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the field. The overall picture she paints is not all comforting. Even as confirmed cases increase, she says that the infected and potentially infected people she comes in contact with are less and less willing to help her or listen to her advice.
“A lot of people get medical information from Facebook,” Dykehouse told Lewis. Another unnamed health worker described the recent increase in Humboldt coronavirus cases: “We feel we are losing control of the situation. People get it, and we don’t know where. ”
Dyke House shared a few stories about possible cases of Humboldt’s coronavirus, which we will quickly share here:
Two cases stuck in Erica’s mind. One was a couple in the 70’s, both may be contagious. She found them, told them to quarantine, and they turned right and had a big barbecue on the fourth of July. When she tried to contact guests who may have been infected, she found them contemptuous or outright rude. “You have whole little social networks that are hostile,” she said. “Most of the time, they’re polite enough just to hang up. But I’m trying to develop thick skin. “
Another case stuck in her head was a met dealer. Public health nurses came to him shortly after he became infected, and although he deviated from their advice, he said he would be isolated. Erica suspected that he was still sneezing at night, and her suspicion was confirmed when he infected his friend, who, in turn, infected his daughter-in-law. The friend’s daughter-in-law, who had no symptoms, went to work at an Alder Bay Assisted Living nursing home in Eureka. More than a dozen employees and residents became infected. Four died.
Read the full Lewis article: “Confession of a California COVID Nurse”