Condemn the New CDC and AHA Guidelines for Healthcare Workers

Condemn the New CDC and AHA Guidelines for Healthcare Workers

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Nurse Conner started this petition to Center for Disease Control and

We, the healthcare workers of the United States, firmly stand in opposition against the newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Heart Association guidelines that fail to value the inherent dignity of our bodies. These policies shorten our quarantine periods, allow us to return to work with COVID-19, and recommend we not delay cardiopulmonary resuscitation of patients with COVID in order to don PPE. These policies treat healthcare workers as collateral damage for governmental and hospital failures that have exacerbated the severity of this pandemic; policies that have devastated our healthcare system and the workers who comprise it. We have given our very best in order to meet the needs of our communities as COVID-19 has swept through them. We have seen more and given more than we ever should have been asked to see and give. We call on the CDC and AHA to adjust these guideline updates in order to accurately reflect the immutable dignity of healthcare workers. Our health and safety matter. We will not jeopardize the health of our families, our patients, our coworkers, and ourselves in order to do our jobs. It is completely devoid of morality to ask us to do so. 

 

We recognize and honor our fallen sister, Celia Marcos, RN, who died of COVID-19 after rushing into a patient's room to perform CPR without donning PPE. She died fighting this terrible virus and attempting to save the life of a patient. The new AHA guidelines do not appropriately reflect the sacrifice and heroism of Nurse Marcos and ask the rest of us to do the same. May Celia rest in peace, and may we all remember her as we fight to protect healthcare workers everywhere. 

 

To the CDC and AHA, the world is watching. We are watching. 

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