My COVID-19 story (we all have one)

Submitted by Mcgill university
October 22, 2020

Hi, my name is Elsa and I started to work as a nurse in may 2020, right in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. I work in a thoracic surgery unit in Montreal. I have not worked directly in a red-zone covid unit yet, but I have for sure felt the weight of this pandemic on the health care system. Despite the fact that I have not been in a covid, I still have some covid related stories. OnceĀ  on my unit we had a patient that came in for a surgery. We did all the preop workup and the patient had deliberately not told us that he just came back from a trip in Mexico and that his wife was covid positive. When we had the result of his covid test, it turned out positive and 14 of us who had been in close contact with him had to be in quarantine for 14 days. The unit had to close beds because of the staff shortage. A story like this would have never happened before the pandemic. This pandemic has shown the fragility and the importance of the health care system and how we need to work together to build a stronger and healthier system for the health care workers.