Basically, Sheltering in Place is designed to protect you for a handful of hours should you fall victim to a chemical hazard, odorous or not, that will enter your general airspace. In some cases, even gas masks can’t help you because they only filter out particles of a certain micron size. Donning a gas mask if chlorine is in the air will not protect you, but oddly enough, it would stop mustard gas from entering your lungs. Sheltering in Place could help prevent all that.
Paramedics lead the charge in FRCEM. Spending every day flying through the streets in their screaming ice cream vans, on their way to save someone mid-heart attack or trapped in a crashed vehicle, it is not a job for the feint hearted. This role is high risk, and if putting your life on the line to save another gets your blood pumping, then this could be the one for you. Danger, of course, has its risks. So bare this is mind when you consider zooming down the high street or hanging under a car wreck giving CPR.
Myth #7. My kid has “too many” colds. Kids have, on average, more than 10 colds a year. That means a kid who has a cold every month is actually normal. Since a cold lasts about 10 days, this means maybe 20 healthy weeks in a year. Wait, not counting every other viral infection he’s going to catch…
As you can see, it could be difficult to make a choice of specialty. If you are really an idealistic person and came to medicine to end suffering, you are in for some disappointment and grief. I know a rheumatologist who could no longer cope with seeing her patients slowly die, unable to do much to alleviate their suffering. She decided to change specialties and become an anesthesiologist, so all her patients would be unconscious and she wouldn’t have to get to know them personally.
Would getting high scores in chemistry or physics or math make you a great doctor? Of course not. Does knowing physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry make you compassionate? They may make you a good physiologist, anatomist, or biochemist, but they have nothing to do with compassion. In fact, since most medical sciences are heavily reliant on cruel animal research, torturing and killing millions of dogs, cats, monkeys, rats, and other animals each year, there is nothing farther from compassion than the field of medicine.
For those who prefer being more like the old time doctor, there is family medicine. You get to see kids, parents, pregnant mothers, old people, the whole gamut of humanity, and with all sorts of problems. When the going gets tough, you just send them to some other specialist. People get to trust you and tell you their life secrets. This is medicine lite, a great specialty for laid back people.
So the next time you are being probed, keep in mind that the person doing the probing is no different from anyone else. They are not necessarily saints who vow poverty to treat the sick and help prevent disease. They are not necessarily unbiased, objective, mature people who can distance their personal feelings from their work. They are just regular people who have been given a license to practice on you. They have the same perversions, biases, stupidity, self-interest, and petty lives as the rest of humanity, but are attracted to the lucrative and powerful business of disease.