Workers in the health-care industry are terrified
Many hospitals and long-term care facilities are requiring Covid-positive doctors and nurses to return to work, reasoning that bringing back asymptomatic patients would be counterproductive.
The approach, which is permitted by the most recent CDC guidance, with more than 120,000 individuals in hospitals across the country.
Shereef Elnahal, the CEO of University Hospital in Newark, N.J., and the state's former health commissioner, stated, "We don't have good choices — or the alternatives that we desire."
"Since the spring of 2020, our staffing situation has been at an all-time low." Three hundred of his 3,700 employees are on the loose, with many of them afflicted with Covid-19.
Despite the fact that the majority of health care employees have been vaccinated, many are still becoming sick, worsening a staff shortage as more Americans seek hospital care.
Nurses' unions and the American Medical Association have objected to the use of potentially infected personnel, claiming that the action jeopardises patients' health and safety.
According to a union spokesperson in New Jersey, despite fears that she had contracted Covid-19, a nurse was recently asked to come to work.
After the state changed its criteria in compliance with the CDC, a nursing home and state-run hospital system in Rhode Island recently used staff who tested positive.
A hospital in Missouri is allowing nurses to return after five days if they are asymptomatic.
Even if they feel they are infectious, health care professionals around the country have reported being called in to work.
"I was relieved to hear this as a mother," Frye added.