The COVID-19 pandemic is being felt around the world, and it’s been weeks since many health care workers have been able to see their families when they’re done with work. Lauren Gremillion, a registered nurse at IVX Health in Kansas City, Missouri, hasn’t been able to spend time with most of her family in person.
Gremillion provides IV therapy to some of the most at-risk patients at IVX Health, a company that runs infusion centers in several U.S. states.
She says she’s working 10-hour shifts and definitely seeing more patients than normal. Hospitals throughout the Kansas City area are sending patients to the IVX Health outpatient infusion center in order to keep them away from hospitals where COVID-19 patients are being treated.
Because she works at an outpatient facility, Gremillion has been able to go home to her husband—for now—but she hasn’t seen any other family members recently.
“If my other family members felt comfortable seeing me then they probably could, but I don’t feel comfortable with them seeing me just because I am in health care and can’t stay six feet away like you should be,” Gremillion told KSHB News. “My husband makes me take off my shoes, jacket, wash my hands, take a shower before I touch anything anyway, which is smart because you just never know what you bring home.”
Gremillion knows she is fortunate to be able to go home at all, since other nurses aren’t able to do so. It all depends on the rules set in place at the facilities where they work and what exposure they might have.
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