New contamination which are on the rise again. Hospitalizations on the rise. Resuscitation placements on the rise. This is no brainer: in the heart of summer, the Second wave of Covid-19 has not taken a vacation, and the virus is once again circulating very actively in France.
Several cities have made it compulsory to wear a mask in busy public places. Not enough to calm the concerns of worried caregivers, who have been calling for the generalization of the wearing of masks for a while. An appeal heard by the government, which announced on Tuesday the obligation to wear a mask in business from September 1.
Timely Taken Action ?
Is this action taken on time? Will it be enough to avoid a second wave of Covid-19 in the country? Do caregivers think they can avoid, or endure, a second wave? Do they feel that they are sufficiently prepared, sufficiently equipped?
“This second wave will be much harder for us caregivers,” said Prof. Gilles Pious, head of the infectious diseases department at Tenon hospital in Paris, in an interview with Express. Applauded every evening during confinement and exposed to the disease in their work, doctors, nurses, nursing assistants or even nursing home facilitators entrust 20 Minutes with this shared fear in the face of a second wave that could surge in the coming weeks.
I love my job, but I’m worn out
The start of the school year has not yet started, but Marine already fears an outbreak of the epidemic. “In Lille, some do not wear masks in transport, and no one respects barrier gestures, deplores the young woman, a career in an nursing home. The fear of a second wave is inevitably present, especially for the already frail elderly, she insists. Hence the importance of respecting barrier gestures, wearing a mask, disinfecting your hands! “
The first wave, Aurelie, nurse percussionist, had already taken full force and feels coming the next. “I manage ECMO, the extra corporeal circulation device designed to oxygenate and decarboxylate the blood [remove CO2]. And I’m at a loss physically: we were overwhelmed and had to resort to fending for the system not to collapse.
We haven’t been able to release the pressure since the first wave because, in order for some to go on vacation, the others toil and tire even more. Not to mention the stress of catching the virus yourself, of infecting your family, of taking crowded Parisian public transport. Seeing all these people who applauded us doing anything today, the motivation is gone for Second wave of Covid-19, she says. I am brave, I love my job, but I am worn out … I really dread this second wave that we are already seeing starting in the hospital “.
A fear shared by Patrick, caregiver, and nursing home facilitator, who regrets the unconsciousness of some. “Family reunions, vacations, bar terraces, restaurants, people act like it’s all over. During this time, the residents of nursing homes risk a lot”.
Many have experienced first wave very badly
But how to face a second wave when you are a caregiver and already struggling to recover from the first? For Caroline, a medical nurse, “a second wave is very likely, all caregivers fear it. The staff is certainly better prepared than in March, but the staff shortage and the resulting organizational problems are still present, she says. Many of us have already experienced the first wave very badly, between burnouts, physical and emotional fatigue, not to mention all the caregivers who were infected “.
For many caregivers, the first wave of the Covid-19 epidemic created a trauma, as Michele, a nurse at the hospital recounts: “Managing Coronavirus patients, seeing some of them leaving during the day in a tarpaulin, see colleagues also affected and having to replace them at short notice, I was not far from burnout, she recalls. But we had to hold out, save the patients, fight against death. I was coming home and I couldn’t stop crying.
So no, I wouldn’t want it to start again, although I do fear there will be a second wave. It is the holidays, people do not necessarily respect barrier gestures, especially young people, who seem oblivious to the risks they run for themselves, for their loved ones and for the nursing staff “. If Michele fears a second wave so much today, it’s also because “the teams are exhausted. At home, a lot of nurses have left since the first wave of COVID-19 and we are having trouble recruiting. The teams are not complete, we are constantly asked to work overtime to replace colleagues who have left. We don’t even have privacy anymore! So face a second wave, we could not,” she believes.
A fear shared by Mathilde, a midwife, who feels “one of the great forgotten people of Seguro de la santo, yet very present during the first wave of Covid. You cannot ask people to sacrifice their lives for the lives of others and despise them that way. The caregivers are not ready for a second wave, they are put lower than earth, exhausted from the first wave, and exasperated by the lack of recognition”.
We are ready but we will be less Tolerant
However, despite fatigue and exasperation, the “first in line”, as Emmanuel Macron described them, remain mobilized. “We are ready,” says logic, a nurse in the Toulouse region. Indeed, I think a second wave is brewing, but the hospitals will be better prepared because the first wave allowed us to organize “. But logic is also “annoyed by disrespectful attitudes, by those who applauded at the windows to then respect nothing”. A carelessness that makes the nurse fear the worst. “I think that this wave will be more deadly than the first, for the simple reason that it will be the consequence of the non-respect of barrier gestures by the population and will thus generate a decrease in the commitment of caregivers already exhausted: we will be less tolerant and will not sacrifice our lives for people who do not respect us ”.
Like Warrior, Antoine, a public assistance nurse in Paris hospitals who worked in a Second Wave of COVID-19 unit, thinks that “hospitals are better prepared today. During the crisis, we did not know where we were going, but in the event of a second wave, the organization will be faster and more efficient: human and material needs and the organization of care are well assessed, and the staff has already been trained. Life in the hospital is the same as before the Second Wave of COVID-19, with no cluster in the hospital. I don’t think there will be a second wave, at least not of the magnitude of the first
I’m getting Ready for Second wave of COVID-19
Confidence shared by Audrey, a health manager in a CHU. “I have no doubts that the health care system will cope with a second wave if it is to break. Because caregivers will be faithful to the strong values of continuity of care. But it would be with great anger. because people are unable to understand that the collective interest in health comes through individual responsibility. The mask is not a deprivation of liberty, damn it, it is real protection! “
An anger that Audrey feels growing inside her every day, “because I had to sacrifice my family life during the first wave, because of the stupidity of some, I will have no choice but to start over. if necessary. Because we still have to fight against idiots who “forget” to wear their masks when coming to visit relatives already weakened by hospitalization. And I’m angry with those snarling fools who beat up whoever reminds them of their obligation to wear a mask. All those nights of applause for that? “
“I hope that anyone who is not fully aware of the severity of the virus in its most severe form will realize that it can be fatal for all of us,” said Guillaume, nurse. Young or old, we are all concerned. To protect yourself, and protect us ”.