Roughly one in 10 people may have been infected with the coronavirus, leaving the vast majority of the world’s population vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease it causes the World Health Organization said on Monday, October 5th. Per Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, “our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus. It varies depending on the country, it varies from urban to rural, it varies depending on groups. But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk”. Ryan also said that outbreaks are surging in parts of southeast Asia and that cases and deaths were on the rise in parts of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean region.
So, what does that mean for us, the soldiers in the trenches, fighting a seemingly unstoppable war? We continue to do what we do best. We forge ahead, we prepare for a second wave, we train and retrain our staff on infection control and PPE, we educate our family members and residents on the possibility of scaling back reopening. Is there a better way? If there is, no one is telling us, it is up to us to stay the course and learn from our experiences over the past 8 months.
We can do this, we can. Reach out to each other, support your neighboring communities, engage your staff in productive conversations, and remember why we are here. As always, HealthCap thanks you for all you are doing and we are here for you, whatever you need, just call. Stay well, stay safe, and stay tuned!