Clean air is the new inequality
Yesterday I visited again my local hospital, due to regular appointments for my son’s treatment. Every few months, I go in, not knowing what to expect. My son is old enough to go alone, but I go with him, only to make sure he wears a mask! About 5 months ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see how all the covid protection rules were kept by my local hospital. Then I realised, how every single month the story was different, like a game manipulate by someone in an absurd way. I would like to know who is in charge with gambling with covid rules at my local hospital? 2 months after being pleasantly surprised, the opposite happened: my hospital suddenly gave up everything: social distancing, masks, public health messages. Till yesterday when again, suddenly, I was surprised to see how the hospital staff is back wearing masks. Our nurse practitioner told me how many ill people were this winter, because of ‘’being cocooned by covid restrictions’-these were her words- NHS nurse. I noticed at the entrance of the hospital, a big, green sign appeared with the picture of hand washing – absurdly unnecessary sign, considering how big hand sanitizers are everywhere and the fact that this sign was not considered needed in the last 3 years? Why did it appear now? How did the disinformation campaign distorted the NHS medical staff’s understanding of covid? How many of them read the BMJ?
I will never forgive my local hospital, which previously invested in the most expensive air filters and used public health messages to protect its patients against covid, then suddenly gave everything up, encouraging patients to not wear masks, while the paediatric wards were getting full and the country was running out of antibiotics and pain killers. I will never forgive my GP surgery for giving up masks suddenly, while never using their public health messaging screens to tell patients about covid and long covid. Their website didn't bother to include covid and long covid in their lists of medical conditions in the last 3 years. Why did they do it? My GP surgery has small consultation rooms without windows, or with windows closed, no air filters, no masks.