Seeing is believing. This was published by the Navy in 2020.
Oct. 2019 photo: PRE-COVID-19 awareness-No. Blood-borne virus awareness (HCV, HIV, or HBV)-Yes, but ignored.
“The Navy, which for months had the majority of the military’s cases, grew by 25 percent in the past week-and-a-half, to 4,591 total.” (Link to Military Times, 7/10/20).
Surprised? This utter lack of hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment during blood draws and vaccinations, like the above flu shot, will likely result in blood-borne diseases like HCV spreading over time. Yes, even though the needle is not being reused, viruses can transfer from hands to openings in the skin, even eyes. Furthermore, military COVID-deaths are rising.
This is EVIDENCE of a substandard of care in the Navy in 2019-2020 for the prevention of the spread of viruses.
The close-up above was on this official Health.mil website, Amid COVID-19, seasonal influenza still a threat to force readiness, 4/29/2020. (Link):
But, don’t worry, be happy!
Below, see a sweet arm bump photo about how to avoid skin-to-skin touching–social control, good advice or both? Is contact tracing from active military deployed into the community realistic?
The public is gradually learning virus-talk and virus transmission concepts. First Wave. Second Wave. Super-spreaders. Epidemiological investigations. Predictive models and maps. Flatten the curve. Hand sanitizer formulas. Lifespan of viruses on surfaces.
The Second Wave of HCV infections has been attributed to sexual contacts (MSM mostly) and dirty needles. Mainly from illicit drug users. Not much is said about drug diversion and other forms of health care associated transmission. Dr. Fauci tells young people, “You are propagating the pandemic”(Link to 7/16/20 CNBC). A set-up?
Will tomorrow’s vets, who, through no fault of their own (see above in-service lack of hand hygiene and PPE use), who come down with HCV, or long-term complications from COVID-19, be denied VA benefits like the Vietnam-era 1945-65 birth cohort?
Laura (Guest author)
Defending the Homeland: Secretary of the Army recognizes BACH and 531st COVID-19 support, 6/15/2020. “U.S. Army Col. Brandon J. Pretlow, assigned to the 44th Medical Brigade, elbow bumps service members assigned to the Urban Augmentation Task Force as a sign of gratitude at the Javits Center in New York City, May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)”