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Dread and disinfectant: cleaning COVID wards in Japan

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Cleaners do a very important job in hospitals and this just sounds like what all cleaners wear. If it was that bad she'd wear a hazmat suit.

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Cleaners do a very important job in hospitals and this just sounds like what all cleaners wear. If it was that bad she'd wear a hazmat suit.

Both things are wrong, cleaning staff in normal hospitals do not have to wear two masks, googles, visor nor plastic aprons, try to do physical work 8 hours wearing that and you would know why even this is a huge burden, a hazmat suit is even more tiring and make the job more difficult, the reduction of risk from COVID do not compensate the increase of problems related to this extra physical effort. Both things are enough to make cleaning staff quit and get a job in less demanding hospitals for almost the same pay, this causes the nurses to do that job on top of their own and can cause a chain reaction of people quitting until the hospital no longer can treat properly the patients.

It is that bad, that is the whole point of the article, she has seen how the ward fills up with people when the cases spike. Cleaning staff should be part of the support medical personnel prioritized for vaccines, their job is essential in treating patients and they are at a high risk of infection.

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I’ve been to three hospitals and one clinic in the last month. Clinic was very clean, one hospital was very clean, another cleanish, but the last one was absolutely disgusting.

not many cleaning staff. In a massive pandemic, quality will go down.

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I am surprised someone would downvote virusrex's comments... they are facts...

We aren't grateful to these people enough...money is one thing..but the consta

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I am surprised someone would downvote virusrex's comments... they are facts...

We aren't grateful to these people enough...money is one thing..but the constant threat to life, is something all these people live with everyday...

Dear JT, can you provide an edit button so that we can change/delete our comments when there are typos

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I have worked in situations needing a full hazmat suit and breathing equipment. Supervising and controlling the removal of dangerous chemicals. Strict procedures followed especially taking a shower before removing an item and then out via an airlock. Hard working in those conditions especially learning to control the need for a toilet.

I have sympathy for all health workers having to wear PSE all shift long.

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I hope she is well paid for such a hazardous job.

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