在與父母的持續性冠狀病毒爆發期間,我如何緩解對在醫療保健行業工作的擔憂?


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我與父母同住,並且在醫療保健行業工作。我想繼續從事醫療保健行業,但是有些問題我無法解決。具體來說,可以減輕我父母對在工作場所感染冠狀病毒的恐懼。他們共同的恐懼是,在醫療保健行業工作的人經常面臨暴露于冠狀病毒的更高風險。由於以下原因,這個問題更加嚴重:

  • 我有一個面向客戶的工作,只會加劇父母的恐懼
  • 我做兼職,所以簡單地"自我隔離"或休假是不可行的
  • 我與同事和老闆之間有著良好的工作關係,並且我不想辭職(我不想燒橋樑)。
  • 我在一個已經有多例感染冠狀病毒的人的地區工作

從本質上講,儘管冠狀病毒爆發,但我很難說服我的父母我希望繼續在醫療保健行業工作,尤其是目前(目前)的這份工作。當我開始和結束對話時,總是以潛在的恐懼結束,即"某事可能發生"或"某事會很快發生"。

我如何減輕父母的恐懼感,尤其是當他們在允許自己自我隔離並仍然能夠從事我想工作的工作中工作時?

我的父母確實承認,冠狀病毒並不是唯一可以在工作場所獲得的東西,但是鑑于冠狀病毒的已知症狀與流感相吻合(並且鑑於此時是流感季節),它不會不能讓他們平靜下來。

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I worked in healthcare settings for around 9 years. Unfortunately, getting exposed to disease is an occupational hazard in that environment.

A lot of this answer depends on your parents' fears and their reaction to them. Either they aren't reasonable WRT their fears, or they are. I'll try to answer both perspectives.

If they aren't reasonable, there's no amount of convincing that you can do. That's part of being unreasonable. In this case, with people, I've just said, "I love this job and I'm helping the sick every day; being exposed is just part of the risk I accept when I come to work." Don't argue, don't try to convince, don't say anything more. Let your passion for your calling in life be the answer to unreasonable fears.

For people that are more reasonable, then you can talk about infection control. There I've said things like "This is just one of many things I risk exposure to every day. The facility does containment of communicable diseases and does it well; the most effective thing to do is to wash my hands and I do that often. Yes, something may happen but do you want to know the statistically riskiest part of my job? It's the commute to work. I stand a lot worse chance of dying in a traffic accident on the way to work than from this particular virus." (Look it up... death in an auto accident, at least in the US, is much more common than other forms of premature death. One source is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_vehicle_fatality_rate_in_U.S._by_year)

Either way, those of us who work or have worked in a healthcare setting take on this risk on a regular basis. I know I was sick more often when I worked in the hospital - it can't be helped when you're around sick people. But that was all colds; it wasn't anything serious (TB, flu, SARS, etc.) The key here, especially with the panic going on, is for us as professionals to stay calm. Let others see how calm you are and derive strength from you.


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I have to disagree with the accepted answer. Depending on the age and health of your parents, they may be completely reasonable in their fear of contracting this virus from you, and saying you understand and accept that risk isn't likely to appease them. Of course, probably everyone who works in the healthcare industry interacts with people who don't want to be exposed, and asking all those people to quit their jobs is obviously not feasible. In short, their concern is justified, but their solution of you quitting your job is not. So the question becomes, what can you do instead to reasonably address their concern?

Since you are a healthcare worker, you are probably already aware of things you can do to reduce the chance of transmission. These include:

  • Stay at least six feet away from your parents
  • Don't share food or dishes
  • Avoid sharing spaces like bathrooms and the kitchen
  • Wash your hands frequently and disinfect surfaces after you've touched them
  • Take whatever steps you can at work to minimize the chances of you getting sick

Tell your parents you plan to do all of these things. If you can use an alternate entrance which doesn't require you to walk through the whole home, do that. If you can get takeout every day instead of fixing food in a space shared with your parents, do that. Maybe they can stay in their bedroom while you leave for work and return home, so you don't directly interact. Get supplies so you all can disinfect things like doorknobs. If your parents are at a high enough risk for this virus, then you may even want to consider finding your own place.

Do not blow your parents off or dismiss their concerns. Demonstrate a plan to take concrete, effective steps to keep them safe, then firmly stick to that plan.