In this time of insecurity and lingering concerns and concerns about Covid-19, there have been far-reaching effects in the workplace – both physically and mentally. In this article, I cover the background and data of Covid-19 in the region of the country where I live. I will also cover changes in the workplace, emotional transitions, reopening of anxiety and persistent employee stress.
Context of Covid-19
Covid-19 has currently infected 6,563,099 people worldwide and killed 387,568 people (June 4, 2020). There are 1,859,135 confirmed infections and 107,450 deaths in the United States. The death rate continues to be criticized, while the disease is easily transmitted and visual acuity is extremely high. In many cases, patients are hospitalized for more than a week to treat a flu-related illness. As a country child, I lived near a very small town of around 500 inhabitants. Although a low death rate has been criticized, more than 100,000 deaths correspond to many small towns and communities.
Covid-19 enters and influences social, psychological, community and work environments in four important ways. First there is the physical implication. People become socially infected without knowing it, or become infected when exposed to a known positive test-positive person. The second way Covid-19 affects our world is through overwhelming health systems. Think of the explosion and the temporary hospitals supported in Italy and also in New York. The number of health workers does not automatically increase to treat a virus. Patients are beginning to significantly exceed safe nursing practices by the number of patients per nurse. As a result, the facilities are overloaded, increasing the spread of viruses in internal facilities and increasing health risks in the community.
Third, the effects of Covid-19 are the result of excessive media coverage. While awareness is a good thing, excessive reporting creates changes in human anxiety behavior which, in this situation, prevent people from going to hospital for serious life-threatening illnesses. People with cardiovascular disease who need to come for the test suddenly stop walking. Those who go to the emergency room and emergency care centers suddenly run the risk of avoiding Covid-19. In addition, people with mental health, addiction and rehabilitation problems delay seeking care. Fourth, the effects of Covid-19 affect public order by causing the blockage of non-essential activities and services. This has had a significant impact on economic conditions, unemployment and social behavior, as individuals are now forced to choose to respond in different ways.
Dates, reopening and fear
In the state of Wisconsin, where I currently reside, the state supreme court overthrew state governors on May 13, 2020, allowing businesses to open up, with an emphasis on social distance. Right now, about 22 days later, the state has hit four all-time high, with just three points confirming the brief drop in total cases per day. What did not improve suddenly got worse. However, the social environment in the community, such as bars and restaurants, continues to develop and social distancing is not practiced, while the face masks of about half the population are still to be used. In the same time window, the total number of deaths increased six times per day with three short breaks in the data.
Although the community has mixed feelings about reopening the economy and communities, healthcare remains a major concern. In general, healthcare facilities are always on guard to protect employees, visitors and patients. In the area of health, we pay attention to safety, advice and personal and social health. During these times, however, you will notice various things upon entering a hospital. First of all, there are empty parking spaces; few seek care. On your next step in the front door, you immediately come to a table with a large plexiglass barrier and an employee on the other side who asks you about the symptoms.