The Johnson Journal
Welcome to the second edition of the 2019-2020 Johnson Journal. Nine students from Mr. Crozier’s W.I.N. Literacy class volunteered to write this quarantine edition. Since we couldn’t get together in person due to quarantine, all of the reporters were at home using FaceTime and phone calls. We had weekly Google Hangouts with Mr. Crozier and Ms. Hogan for instructions and feedback. Although Covid-19 is throwing challenges our way, we can still do some things that we would normally do. We even learned some new things like how to be more tech savvy.
This edition of the Johnson Journal is all about Covid-19 and what’s happening because of it. There are interviews with frontline workers, like nurses and doctors, to give you their perspective on this pandemic. We used many tools including podcasts, videos and websites to make sure all of our facts were well researched and to bring you this interesting and informative Johnson Journal. Read on to learn about, Covid-19 for kids, frontline worker interviews, remote learning and mindfulness and mental health.
- Covid-19 For Kids - Sadie Hersh and Kaiden DiNinno
- Mindfulness and Mental Health - Leah Romanowski and Victoria Tandari
- Remote Learning - Zoey Brullo and Daniel Dipierro
- Frontline Workers Interviews - Khushneet Singh, Morgann Thomas, and Anaiah Vaughan
- Mr. Crozier
- Ms. Hogan
COVID-19 For Kids by Sadie Hersh & Kaiden DiNinno
“Stay at home.” “Don’t leave the house.” The news channels are filling our homes with facts about this horrible virus. By social distancing, we are taking the right measure and shouldn’t worry. By finding things to do and new hobbies, you are not only protecting yourself, but also your friends and family. In this article you will be reading about how COVID-19 is transmitted, prevention strategies, what COVID-19 is and statistics. Additionally, read two unique perspectives of frontline workers with their own interviews about what they do to help treat patients with COVID-19.
How COVID-19 is Transmitted and Prevention Strategies
Bless - You! COVID- 19 is transmitted in many ways. It spreads from coughing or sneezing. This can spread into other peoples mouth or noses or people can inhale the germs into their lungs. COVID-19 can also be spread by close contact or through a person that is already sick.
Another way the Coronavirus is transmitted is if you touch a surface that someone who had the virus touched, you can get it. When you breath air that has the virus in it, it can get to your lungs. The virus can stay in the air for up to 3 hours. The most often way the virus is spread is through people who have symptoms.
Some ways you prevent getting COVID-19 is by staying six feet away from other people you are not quarantined with. By wearing masks, wearing gloves, washing your hands, avoid touching your face, not sharing personal items, washing your fresh groceries, and self- quarantining if sick you can also prevent COVID-19. You should also remember to cover your coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect, and monitor your health. You can monitor your health by being alert for symptoms like fever, headaches, cough, and shortness of breath.
What is COVID-19? What are the Recent Statistics?
Do you know why you are staying home? Do you know what we are protecting ourselves from? Coronavirus or COVID-19 is an infectious disease. Scientists think that the disease originated from bats, who then passed it on to what they think are pangolins which are armadillo like animals. Dr. Juan Dumois said, “What probably happened was that people who were catching pangolins, and sometimes they like to eat them over there, may have caught a coronavirus from one of the animals.” Although some scientists believe that this is what happened, they are not 100% sure.
The coronavirus got its name because when scientists looked at the virus through a microscope, they saw something that resembles a crown. In old latin, corona translates to crown so they named it the Coronavirus.
While most of the people who have coronavirus don’t have horrible symptoms, some people still have bad effects of the disease. According to the website, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/coronavirus-effects-on-body, “Coronaviruses typically affects the respiratory system, causing symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath. Some people, including older adults, are at risk of severe illness from these viruses.” Other effects are damage to lungs, fever, headache and the chills.
According to, ochd.org, In Jackson township, as of June 3rd, the case count was around 820 cases with a little over 50 deaths. Can you imagine that all of these people have gotten sick from this highly dangerous and contagious virus? While you might think the case and death count in Jackson is a lot you’ll think Ocean County is horrible. According to ochd.org, in Ocean County, as of June 3rd, the case count is 8,771 and, 749 deaths. So many people have died already, but it is our job to stay away from other people to keep everyone safe. Also, although most of the cases that have horrible symptoms are older people, you can still get sick or make them sick so do yourselves and the world a favor and stay home.
Interview - Nurse Elyssa Thaler
This following interview is a question and answer interview with Adult Nurse Practitioner, Elyssa Thaler. She works at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and is dealing with COVID-19 patients.
What gear do you have to wear?
Scrubs on my body, goggles, an N-95 mask and a face shield over it.
What is your role for dealing with COVID-19 patients?
If somebody comes into the ER and they come back positive, I admit them under our service and then I treat them for their symptoms.
Is the hospital more crowded than normal?
No, it is much less crowded than normal because we are only admitting patients primarily who have COVID. Otherwise we are trying to keep to hospital empty so other people don’t contract COVID.
Are your hospital shifts longer due to COVID-19?
I am working more due to COVID-19 because lots of doctors and nurses are getting COVID. The ones that don’t get COVID are working more.
Do you think the hospital is taking better precautions because of the virus?
Yes, I do. As soon as you walk into the hospital, you have to get your temperature taken and you must get a brand new surgical mask every day. This is for everybody walking - medical professionals and non-medical people.
Are you scared working at a hospital during these times?
Initially I was because I was worried about not having the appropriate PPE, but once the hospital made us feel confident that we had the appropriate PPE, I became not as nervous. With anything that’s new, people get nervous, and then you start to get used to it.
Do you think that more or less people will want to become doctors and nurses after this?
I would hope people would still want to become doctors and nurses because we are seeing that the PPE works. We know it works because there are lots of people seeing the patients and not getting sick so I would like to think that people would feel safe going into fields of nursing and becoming physicians.
What is something you tell yourself everyday before and after you go to work?
“For the most part, every morning before I go to work, I tell myself that today is going to be a good day and hopefully I can do some good. At the end of the day, if it was a bad day, I try to remind myself that at least I showed patients love and compassion. If it was a good day, I’m proud that I managed to help somebody.”
Interview - Dr. Delaluz
This following interview is a question and answer interview with a Pulmonary Doctor, Dr. Delaluz. He works at multiple hospitals and is dealing with COVID-19 patients.
How long have you been a doctor?
“I’ve been a doctor now for 33 years.”
Have you ever experienced something as devastating as COVID-19?
“No, not since 100 years ago and the Spanish flu, before I was alive.”
Is there a larger survival or death rate at your hospital?
“It’s about the same. We haven’t seen any kids get sick. The mortality rate changed. We are second to New York with the amount of patients who have died.
Do you have to wear different gear then normal?
“Yes. Every patient that we see we have to wear special masks. We have to wear a face shield, gloves and a gown.” You have to throw away the equipment after every patient.
Is the hospital more or less crowded than usual?
“Right now we are the average. We are like we normally are. In April, we had to have triple the amount of beds.
Are your shifts longer than usual?
“I don’t work in shifts, we are in private practice. So we go in whenever we have to go in. I would say they are actually not longer. I was more tired this way though."
How do you celebrate the patients discharged after having the virus?
“A lot of people were doing this around the country. We do a huddle. Whatever hospital personnel that wants to be there go and clap out the people leaving. It’s almost like being at a football game”
Now you know all about COVID-19! You learned what COVID-19 is, how COVID-19 is transmitted, prevention strategies, statistics and last of all, read two doctor interviews. Although COVID-19 is a deadly disease, many doctors and scientists are trying to cure it. Everyone should be glad that we have ways to contact our friends through electronics. Stay home! Stay safe! Stay healthy! We hope that you learned something new that will keep you informed on this horrible virus. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Even though many people are dying, doctors are coming together to make sure more people survive.
Mental Health By Victoria Tandari and Leah Romanowski
Although it’s important to stay healthy physically during this time by social distancing and washing your hands, it’s also important to keep your mental health in check.
We learned from our interview that it is normal to feel worried and unsure during this time. However, if you have been self distancing and keeping your immune system strong, chances are you will remain healthy. Although many of our normal activities are now limited, there are still ways to stay engaged with family and friends thanks to technology. Also, with this extra time in your daily schedule, now might be a great time to take up a new hobby or interest. The most important thing we learned is that we should focus on the things we do have control of and know that we are all in this together! If you are feeling sad or upset, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone. Chances are they are having some of the same feelings.
It is completely normal to feel sad or bored during these hard times. Just remember to think about your self care and mental health.
We hope you enjoyed this chapter of the Johnson Journal which was all about mental health and how to stay safe during these times. This school year will be over soon and we hope everybody can enjoy themselves during the long break. Stay safe, be kind, and remember to try your best!
Interview- Mrs. Schnorbus
We connected with Johnson School’s guidance counselor, Miss Schnorbus on a google meet and asked her some questions about mental health and how to stay calm during the Coronavirus.
“What are some ways to stay connected with family members that you can’t go visit?”
“There are lots of things you can do like calling them on the phone, or zoom so at least you can see them. I think at this point most people are comfortable standing outside far apart with masks on talking. You can also write letters or emails, text, facetime. Luckily, we have lots of technology that helps us with staying connected.”
What can you do when you're scared that you or someone you know is going to catch Coronavirus?
“At this point, if you’ve been staying home, you should be pretty safe. If everyone has been staying at home you are safe. The same things apply here as for any sickness--wash your hands, sleep well, eat well and try not to be scared or worried! Being worried or stressed lowers your immune system, which means you’re more likely to get sick. But, again, at this point, if you’ve been quarantining you should be good. If you get nervous or anxious, doing the same things that you always can do help: like talking with someone, playing a game, reading, whatever you do to relax. Taking deep breaths. Also, limiting watching the news on the tv or radio. Have a routine. Get some exercise. Write in a journal. Parents paying close attention to their emotions and how they’re feeling is important too.”
What can you do when you're upset about missing all of the fun end of year activities and not being able to say goodbye to your teachers?
“There is nothing that anyone can say or do to get your end of the year activities back. It’s totally understandable to feel sad about everything. You’d be sad if you were in school. It’s a sad time in general if you’ve loved Johnson. The best thing you can do is focus on the fact that you do not have control over this and there’s nothing you can do. And that’s ok. I know that might bother some people but there are going to be times in life when things are out of your control. What you DO have control over is how you handle it. You fifth graders are going to be very resilient because of this, which means you are going to be able to handle tough things that life throws at you. To me, there is no better trait to have! You can also try to think of things that you have to look forward to--like this summer, middle school and any other activities that you’re excited for. Thinking about the positives instead of the negatives help tremendously. Also, if you’re missing your teachers: email them. Tell them so! I’m sure they’d love to hear from you and it might make you feel better just getting your feelings out.”
Do you think it’s important to still get up early in the morning or should you sleep in?
“It depends on what you mean by sleeping in. I think it’s important to have some type of routine or consistency, especially when you’re at home so much. I think it’s good to see what your body’s natural rhythm is. For example, my natural wake-up time will never be 6am. It’s just not how I am. So if your natural wake up time is 8am, that’s fine. If it’s 10am, I even think that’s ok. I do think waking up past 10:30 am-ish means you’re probably going to bed too late. Especially right now since you still have google meets to go to and work to complete. A fifth grader should be getting about 9 hours of sleep a night. But, again, everyone is different. Also, you’re home more now so you’re not probably getting the activity that you normally would so you may not be as tired at night.”
How do you stay positive when all of your fun activities and sports get cancelled?
The best thing you can do is focus on the fact that you do not have control over this and there’s nothing you can do. And that’s ok. I know that might bother some people but there are going to be times in life when things are out of your control. What you DO have control over is how you handle it. You fifth graders are going to be very resilient because of this, which means you are going to be able to handle tough things that life throws at you. To me, there is no better trait to have! You can also try to think of things that you have to look forward to--like this summer, middle school and any other activities that you’re excited for. Thinking about the positives instead of the negatives help tremendously. Also, in most cases, those sports and activities will be around next year so it’s not the end-end. The best thing you can do is practice your sport or activity while you’re waiting for it to start back up. Maybe you can facetime your team and have zoom meetings just to keep up the team or group morale.”
Remote Learning by Zoey Brullo and Daniel Dipierro
Because of the Coronavirus, we’re in quarantine. However, of course we can’t just stop doing school! That is why we have Remote Learning. Remote Learning is when you learn new things digitally! It’s not like the traditional classroom instruction. There isn’t a teacher right by your side to help you. In this article, you will be learning about Remote Learning, people’s perspectives on it, and the ups and downs.
The teachers here at Johnson Elementary also filled out a Google Form! Out of 20 teachers that filled out the form, 30% of teachers enjoy Remote Learning, 25% do not like Remote Learning, and 45% said they enjoy it maybe a little. Many teachers said that they love teaching literacy during Remote Learning. Some said that their favorite strategy is Google Meets, and some said they like using Instructional Videos. The teachers are definitely handling Remote Learning very well! However, I can tell that they’re really excited to go back to school!
The Principal's Perspective
We decided to ask our principal, Dr. Raymond, a few questions about Remote Learning.
What’s the most challenging part of managing Remote Learning for our school?
The most challenging part of remote learning is making sure everyone is engaged. Some families/students are not as involved as we would like so it is our jobs to get them engaged in the learning process with creative lessons and projects and keeping up with communication.
What’s your favorite part about Remote Learning?
I have really enjoyed how creative how both the teachers and students have gotten in assignments and videos that are shared with one another. I also like how everyone has demonstrated patience, flexibility and most importantly compassion for one another through this process.
Whenever Remote Learning makes you stressed, how do you cope?
Well, truthfully we have such a great staff and parent support, as well as student participation I haven’t been too stressed. However, the activities that Mrs O’Keeffe shared in morning announcements aren’t just for students those are important for staff as well. I also enjoy walking outside when the weather is good.
As the principal, what is your job when it comes to remote learning?
Communication, communication, communication- It so important to stay in touch with staff, answer their questions and share information during this time. Rules and policies are changing on a daily basis and I need to make sure the staff has the most updated info and plan so they teach effectively.
How is remote learning alike and different in each grade?
Well we are finding that students in the lower grade levels need more parent support to use the technology properly. There was definitely a learning curve for students to figure out how to use Google classroom or Meet. The upper grade level students were used to utilizing technology on a regular basis. What I see across all grade levels is the consistency and quality of work submitted by the students. With few exceptions, everyone is engaged and sharing. I have received many great jokes for morning announcements and everytime we have asked for things (superheroes, Bartley Manor, etc.) we got tons of reponses.
Ups & Downs
According to the two Google Forms, there are some ups and downs about Remote Learning. The first up is that every once in a while, the teachers host Google Meets for their classes to talk about how everyone understands the skills, what could happen in future Meets, and for everybody to see each other. Secondly, the students can do their work early in the morning, and can take breaks whenever they want to.
However, there are some downsides. For example, you need to have a precise Internet connection to learn online. For some people, they don’t have a good connection, and that can make it harder for them to do remote learning. Also, because we are in quarantine, the students can’t see their friends every day. This is a bad thing because many people like to hang out with their friends, and SEL (social and emotional learning) is a very good skill to have. So, there are many good and bad things about remote learning, but I think that these are the most important ones.
While being quarantined, you’ve probably heard the following quote on TV, social media, or from your teacher! This quote is important because it gives hope, and makes you realize that we will get through this. The person that said this is General António Guterres, and he is a United Nations Secretary. He is a politician and he used to be United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015. “We are in this together- and we will get through this, together.” -UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Even though the Coronavirus has caused us to be in quarantine, there will always be a way for us to communicate and be connected. The people here at Johnson School have mixed opinions on it, so hopefully things will go back to normal soon! We hope you enjoyed our section of this Johnson Journal!
Frontline Workers by Anaiah Vaughan, Khushneet Singh, and Morgann Thomas
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a frontline worker in these times? Well say no more because in this chapter of the Johnson Journal we interviewed 6 very important frontline workers. So today just sit back and enjoy a frontline worker’s perspective with these interviews. Also if there are any frontline workers reading this, we just want to say thank you for being a hero in these times of uncertainty. Now let's get to interviewing, shall we?
Patricia Ward: Grocery Store Employee
What do you do? And what are you responsible for?
I am a cashier. My store refers to customers as guests and employees as team members. I ring up and bag guest’s groceries. I am responsible for ensuring that our guests' last impression before leaving the store was a good shopping experience, so they continue coming back.
How has the pandemic affected you and your family?
Thankfully, no one in my family or close circle of friends contracted Covid-19. I imagine we are like most families. We practice social distancing and try to avoid public places as much as possible. Wash and sanitize our hands often and keep surfaces in our homes and cars clean. I am a part-time employee and my sister is a full time employee of the same grocery store and my nephew’s wife is a shopper for grocery deliveries. I know family and friends have been worried for our health and safety during this time. We reassure them that we are taking proper precautions. Unfortunately, my family experienced the loss of my mother (un-Covid-19 related) two weeks prior to lockdown. It has been difficult going through the mourning of that loss without being able to see family and friends. Although, it has given me a sense of gratefulness that we were able to spend time with her prior to her death and to have a traditional funeral for her, especially since so many have suffered and died alone in hospitals and nursing homes. Their families were not able to see them or to have proper funerals in those crucial first steps to closure.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of working on the frontlines during this time?
Basically, I’m just doing the job I was hired to do. Some guests/customers, have called us heroes of the pandemic. Myself and most of my fellow team members humbly disagree. Heroes would be first responders, medical/hospital workers and our military. I have been thanked numerous times on a daily basis by guests who are grateful that I and my fellow team members are coming to work every day, in spite of fear and/or anxiety any of us may have, to do our part for the community. The store has received thank you notes from guests and drawings with notes from children. Prior to the pandemic, people just took for granted that stores, banks, restaurants would be open, that you would be able to get an appointment with an accountant, attorney or dentist when you needed it, that you would never run out of toilet paper. So, I think just the appreciation that many of our guests have expressed during this time has made me feel better about the job I do there.
How do you prepare yourself?
I make sure that I start with clean hands and clothes. Upon entering the store all team members must have their temperature checked before clocking in. Once at the register, I put on latex gloves provided by the store. Of course, since April 10, 2020 we all wear face masks. And restrictions were placed on how many guests can be in the store at one time. Despite having to wait in line to get in, many of the guests have told me that they prefer it this way as opposed to being in a crowded store. I know the team members in my store feel more comfortable with this, as well. We routinely clean/sanitize the register area including the belts throughout our shift and all register areas are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized with a special cleanser at the end of the night. Before getting in my car to leave I use hand sanitizer and upon arriving home I take a shower or at the very least I cleanse my hands, arms and face.
What is your perspective about COVID-19?
I think that COVID-19 is a severe bronchial virus and much like the flu has the potential to devastate some people, the elderly and those with underlying conditions, in particular. I do believe that this virus spreads faster and easier than the flu. I think practicing good hygiene is your best defense against catching the virus, as well as, making smart decisions. If you are sick, stay home. Avoid large gatherings as much as possible until things have calmed down, especially if you are over 65 or have underlying health issues. Also, take all necessary precautions if you have contact with the elderly or health challenged people.
Do you think covid is as bad as people think it is?
Yes and no. I think that it is really bad for elderly people, people with underlying conditions (diabetes, immune disorders, high blood pressure) and people living in nursing homes/assisted living facilities (this will hopefully be less of a problem now that states are looking into the practices of these facilities). I think the rapid infection rate also doesn’t help. It has put a huge burden on hospitals and stressed medical professionals, particularly in inner cities. There also still seems to be too many things that doctors/scientists don’t know about this virus. There seems to be a lot of contradictory statements, not just from government officials but from medical professionals, as well. With all that being said, the one thing I keep telling myself is that an overwhelming majority of people who get this virus recover with no major problems, not even hospitalization. I also think the constant 24 hour news cycle that we find ourselves in helps prey on our fears and anxiety over this virus.
How did this pandemic affect you at your work?
First and foremost, would be the safety protocols implemented. Limiting the number of guests in the store, tape on floor marking 6 foot distances for people to stand, employee temp checks, latex gloves and masks. Second. we became super busy all of the time. With most people working from home, kids being homeschooled, people furloughed or let go from their jobs and many other businesses shut down, the grocery store became people’s lifeline. People’s grocery orders doubled and tripled, as they were having every meal at home now and were trying to stock up and make less trips to the store. Third, shifts have changed as we worked shorthanded (team members with underlying conditions or anxiety had taken leaves of absence) and business hours changed. We are also being paid $2.00 more an hour for hazard pay, through May 31st. Double time for holidays and overtime during the same time frame. At the start, I had some apprehension of being out there and dealing with so many people on a weekly basis. As time has gone by, I am less stressed about going to work. I just follow the necessary precautions and hope for the best.
What makes you a frontline worker?
I suppose that being deemed “essential” by the state makes me a frontline worker. People need food to exist, so grocery stores are a necessity for just about everybody, myself included. In regards to the term “frontline worker”, I also feel that the number of people you come in contact with in a day or week and your potential risk of being infected makes you a frontline worker. As a cashier, I am in direct contact with hundreds of people a week. Thankfully, I have not gotten sick, mostly due to my own and my employer’s safety precautions.
Bob Brenner: Postal Worker
How has your work environment changed during the pandemic?
The environment has changed a lot for Mr. Brenner. He has to wear a mask, and he gets gloves and hand sanitizer.
What are your first thoughts when going to deliver a package?
He normally gives people their mail in their mailboxes. Special packages are delivered to their doorsteps.
What have you been doing during work to flatten the curve?
He has always washed his hands a lot, but now he washes them even more.
What has your biggest fear been during Covid-19?
He isn't scared of anything he is more cautious and is making sure everyone is doing the right thing and staying six feet apart.
How do you interact with your family after a full day's work?
When he goes home he goes into the basement right away and just takes a shower before coming into contact with his family.
How does it feel to be an essential worker and a hero during these times?
He doesn't consider himself as a hero although his neighbors and people on his route would put up signs and draw with chalk to just thank him.
Were you given any protective gear for delivering packages?
Just normal things such as a mask and hand sanitizer.
Have you delivered any unusual packages during quarantine?
Usually he works from 8:30 to 4:30 but since he has a lot more things to deliver, he now works from 8:30 to 6:30. He doesn't see his family as much and although his work ends at 6:30, he comes home around 7:00, depending on where he is. Normally he would deliver about 30 boxes of mail but now he delivers over 200 packages and boxes a day.
Mrs. Singh- Monitor Technician
What do you do and what are you responsible for?
I am a Monitor Tech, I watch all the heart rates of the patients.If the patients can’t breathe or if there is any change in their heart rates, I notify the nurses.
How does COVID-19 affect you, your family ,and your working habits?
It affects us a lot, I am even scared to come home. According to my mom we have to clean everything! It is very hard to work because you have to think before you touch anything.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of working on the front lines during this time?
Helping and comforting patients feels really good!
What is your perspective on COVID-19?
It changed our way of living , it is like we paused our lives.
What do you think could help prevent it?
Keep washing your hands, wear masks, keep social distancing or even stay home , and think before you touch.
Do you think COVID-19 is as bad as people say it is?
It is really bad until we get a vaccine, but otherwise you don’t have to stress that much.
Where do you work?
Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center.
How long have you been working in the medical unit?
For about 5 years.
Dr. Williams- Physician
What type of doctor are you?
How has this pandemic taken a toll at your job?
There is more anxiety for both medical staff and patients because of concerns of contracting the virus.
What are your first thoughts when going to treat someone with Coronavirus?
Protecting oneself and reassuring the patient, that you will do all you can to help and treat them.
How are you handling the pandemic on a personal and professional level?
We are trained to deal with sickness and death, but we take extra precautions to protect ourselves and our families by using protective equipment and practicing good hygiene.
Did your office give you a choice to stay home from work. If so, did you take the offer? Why or why not?
There was no option to work from home. There was an increased need for staff at the clinic.
What do you do when you come home from work?
Leave work attire at the door, shower immediately and try to relax.
Where do you work?
Multiple medical clinics.
How many patients have coronavirus that you have been with?
Is Covid-19 as bad as people think?
It certainly is.
How long have you worked in the medical unit?
As a someone who works on the front lines, what is the most rewarding aspect?
Helping others get well and stay well.
How is this virus different from other diseases?
The way it affects different patients can be unpredictable,varying from being asymptomatic to causing death via different pathologies and organ systems. This unpredictability makes it difficult to predict the course of the infection, even though only about 15% of those affected will get severely ill.
Dr. Delaluz- Pulmonary Specialist
How has being a frontline worker affected you?
It has affected his job completely and everyone’s perspective has changed. No one knows who can get affected by the virus.
What are your first thoughts when going to treat someone with Coronavirus?
He tries not spread the virus with the other patients. As soon as he gets home he takes a shower and disinfects before coming into contact with anyone.
How has the virus changed your work area?
The hospital has not been more crowded or less crowded. Although at first there were more people and they had an emergency tent if they got overwhelmed, and fortunately they didn’t.
Where do you work?
He works at Jersey Shore Medical Center & Ocean Medical Center.
How has the virus affected the way you work?
When he goes into a patient's room he has to suit up and make sure his body is not exposed. He does this by wearing PPE, which stands for "personal protective equipment". This can include a face mask, gloves, goggles, and a gown. Once he's finished seeing a patient, he has to take everything off. Then, when he sees his next patient, he has to suit up again wearing all new PPE.
Since there were other versions of COVID-19, what makes this one different?
All the other ones have never really been that bad. We haven't seen something this serious in over 100 years.
How long have you been a doctor?
He has been a doctor for thirty-three years.
On a personal level how are you handling the pandemic?
Life has changed a lot from the pandemic and everyone has to be more careful. Although his job can be hard, it is great to help people and help to save lives during this.