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STAY SAFE, STAY OUT! (of the hospital)

STAY SAFE, STAY OUT! (of the hospital). Decrease Fall Risk and Live Actively

A public service campaign by Friendly Shoes amid COVID-19.

Co-author: Arthur Tolentino


The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in our lives and economies. Governments around the world have imposed a variety of measures to flatten the curve so as not to overburden the healthcare system until additional capacity and resources are at hand to deal with COVID-19.

Unfortunately there really isn’t an end in sight to the pandemic. Beyond a
difficult puzzle to solve, it has truly become -- unlike almost all of the doubtless millions of times this famous quote by Winston Churchill has been used -- “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” And perhaps more so than Churchill could have even imagined.

Because in Churchill’s original case, the “key” to the puzzling enigma that the original quote referred to was a single nation’s self-interest. The COVID-19 pandemic in a globalized, fast-moving world is infinitely more complex.

We can scarcely contemplate the known-knowns, and the known-unknowns, much less the unknown-unknowns related to COVID-19 and the devastating social and economic consequences it has already caused, much less what
tomorrow holds.

Some say the most effective ways to flatten the curve are community lockdown and social distancing. We have seen how effective that method is in some countries like Taiwan,Germany, and New Zealand. Others say we have to keep calm and carry on, like Sweden.

For their part, frontline defenders with firsthand, personal knowledge of the pandemic have pleaded with the public to STAY HOME.
But there’s ONE clear consensus: that is to STAY SAFE. But how to do that?

One thing you can do to STAY SAFE is to…. STAY OUT! STAY SAFE, STAY OUT!
Out of the Hospital, that is.

So without further ado we at Friendly Shoes are proud to announce a three-part
informational series by licensed Occupational Therapist and Inventor of Friendly Shoes, Joseph DiFrancisco, that will help YOUR loved ones STAY SAFE AND STAY OUT… OF THE HOSPITAL by avoiding decline through active living and fall prevention with common sense and proper footwear.

We’re in this together so let’s do our part to Stay Safe and Stay OUT of the hospital. For each of our sake’s, and that of the valorous, overburdened frontline healthcare workers serving us all in this awful pandemic.

What does Stay Safe and Stay Out Campaign mean? As catchy and interesting that phrase might be, it's only asking people to Stay Safe and Stay OUT of the HOSPITAL!

The campaign is a three-part instructional video to help your loved ones Stay Safe and Stay Out by avoiding trips and fall through active living and fall
prevention with common sense and proper footwear.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. The total cost of senior or elderly fall is over $50 Billion Per Year.

However, most elective procedures and many hands- on rehabilitation resources, on hold due to coronavirus. Hence, the importance of this campaign to educate people on how we can avoid these accidents.

Friendly Shoes can surely help to resolve this concern as it's slip-on, zip-up design will let you live actively and ensure your comfort. By getting a pair, it's like wearing an impenetrable bronze plated armor, so might as well arm yourself with it.

Every one of us has loved ones at high risk for hospitalization in the event of an injury or fall. These Stay Out, Stay Safe Videos will teach you simple yet effective techniques to help you avoid such an accident.

In the long run, it can create a safer atmosphere for your homes and workplaces as well. Why do we need to stay out of the Hospital? The healthcare resources any of us might need in event of injury, or fall, simply aren’t there right now.

And it may never go back to ‘normal’. It sounds like a plea more than a campaign but, how timely can it be. For a shoe campaign, it's obvious that it has a heart. The goal of Friendly shoes is to cater to the elderly and to the physically challenged.

Just like that, the same with its campaign, it speaks volumes that the
company has a great purpose. That is surely worthy of everyone's support.
The anxiety is at an all-time high and a lot of people are anxious to get back to their normal lives to earn a living. But how could we do so if that will be at great risk and can endanger our lives?

It's still best to keep our butts off the streets and lock ourselves at home. That's the only way that we can stop this surge and avoid a catastrophic scenario. By doing so, a trip to the hospital is unlikely.

Why Staying Out Matters?
The hospitals are overwhelmed and burdened which is proof that we're so unprepared with this kind of terror. Supplies such as the personal protective equipment are dwindling. Not being able to have access to this protective gear makes them vulnerable to acquire the infection.

This situation places our health workers at risk. If more people come in, they might not be able to control it anymore. Keeping yourselves away from the hospital can somewhat ease that burden.

Staying out of the hospital matters because they are cramped and can't afford the overload. Imagine the havoc it could create if the entire Healthcare system will crumble. If we take a look at what's happening now, hospital resources are all devoted to COVID-19.

For instance, Orthopedic and elective surgeries are on hold in many places indefinitely. How appalling it could be for others who have terminal illnesses that needed some sort of relief.

This also means if someone gets injured in a car accident, experiences a fall, or otherwise injured, there simply isn't the same level of medical care and attention as before. An article in the Washington Post reported that in New York City, the virus spread could overwhelm hospitals across the country.

What do the reports say?
Here’s what could happen if the coronavirus infects 2 in 10 adults over the next year. Almost 17 million adults, or 6.5 percent of the U.S. Adult population, live in communities where COVID-19.

Patients could overwhelm hospital beds, needing more than all available. 76
million adults, or 30 percent of the U.S. Adult population, live where patients could
overwhelm intensive-care beds. This is what the Washington Post Report said. Sounds alarming right? This is an assault that we can't contain and why it's a must that we have to do something.

It's easy to feel powerless in a time like this when the number of people who get infected is rising rapidly. The only thing that we can do to help is to stay at home, be safe, and stay out of the hospital. Doing everything-anything -that we can do to stay OUT of the Hospital is very important.

It will be a great injustice not to do our part. This way, we won't be a bother
and those people who are in greater need will get the medical care they deserve.
We can not stress more on how important it is to be accountable for your own safety by being cautious and staying at home.

Now is not the best time to fight for civil liberties that you deserve to go out freely. We are fighting an invisible battle that can only be won by adhering to social distancing.

If we are not able to do that, we might wake up one day knowing that we all have succumbed to it. Let's do our part to Stay Safe and Stay Out!

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