Munson Healthcare marks two years since the first case of COVID-19
Munson Healthcare marks two years since the first case of COVID-19

Munson Healthcare marks two years since the first case of COVID-19

Wednesday marks two years since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the Munson Healthcare system

Munson Healthcare has treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients during the pandemic; a pandemic that challenged health care like never before.

It was the night of March 16thth2020, when the inevitable became a reality for Munson Medical Center.

“I remember I had a conversation with Ed Ness and him who said, ‘Do you think, you know, this is really going to turn into anything,’ and I said, ‘I absolutely do.’ “It’s okay, now we have to. We need to get started,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Christine Nefcy.

When Munson received their first COVID patients, they also dealt with the unknown about the virus.

“This was a brand new virus. It was a new virus we really knew nothing about. And it’s typically not the case. Usually you can open a book or download something on the Internet and find out everything you need to know: “How to treat it. Here’s what we do. We had no treatment. We did not. Even though we received treatment, we did not know what the right one was,” Dr. Nefcy recalled.

And very quickly, the virus began to test the local health system.

“You know, we had big problems at the beginning of this thing with the supply chain. I think it was a big surprise for people that we could not get basic things like masks for ourselves, for our workers, let alone for the rest of society, ā€¯Nefcy said.

The two-year pandemic continued to weigh on the health care system, and its experience extends far beyond the walls of our local hospitals.

“The social determinants of health, and how they affect our health care, it is certainly a lesson we have learned with this pandemic, the importance of mental health, support for even our community and socialization on mental health. I think it’s all lessons that I think will continue outside the context of the pandemic, “Nefcy said.

Now, for the first time in the pandemic, there is a true sense of optimism.

“It definitely looks like this is going to be endemic if it stays where it is. As for our ability to treat it with medication, prevent it with vaccines, we’ll be in a good place and we’ll just have to to learn to live with it, just like we do with our seasonal flu and that sort of thing. “said Nefcy.

But even with that optimism, the story of this pandemic is far from over.

“I think the really important thing for us will be that we remember the experiences we’ve learned and continue to move forward and keep these lessons at the forefront while we deal with it and probably the inevitable other pandemics and increases and the kind of thing that’s coming, “Nefcy said.

Dr. Nefcy says as far as booster shots are concerned, it is likely that they will be adjustments with booster shots as the virus mutates.


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