MADISON, Wis. In an open letter to Wisconsin, thousands of UW Health faculties and staff signed a statement urging Wisconsinites to “work with us to get through the pandemic.”
In the letter, employees called the Wisconsin family and said that “sometimes you need to have tough conversations with your family,” and “like many families facing a crisis, we can come together and take steps to get through this. “
The statement said staff see many patients struggling to fight the virus in hospitals and hear about large gatherings without masks that could “send even more people to our already very full COVID-19 units,” including Thanksgiving plans.
“Wisconsin is a bad place right now with no sign of things getting better without action. We are simply too late, ”the statement said. “Without immediate change, our hospitals will be too full to treat all of them with the virus and those with other diseases or injuries.”
The letter reminded people that coronavirus protocols do not have to be followed forever, but as long as we await a vaccine that helps return to some sense of normalcy, we must work to protect each other.
“Soon you or someone you love may need us, but we can not provide the life-saving care you need, whether it be COVID-19, cancer, heart disease or other urgent conditions,” the spread said. “As healthcare providers, we are afraid it will become a reality.”
The letter urged people to avoid gatherings, wear a mask and wash their hands often to protect both themselves and the people around them.
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