Community Paramedics Help Protect Homeless Populations from Covid

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Community Paramedics Help Protect Homeless Populations from Covid

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This article discusses the use of community paramedics in the Covid-19 prevention efforts for San Diego's homeless population. Community paramedics are specifically trained paramedics that shift their focus from the treatment/transport to the hospital model, to a home-care model where the patient receives treatment and stays at home. In this case, they are being used to staff clinics at homeless shelters to provide care and Covid testing to their homeless population. The article references a 2017 hepatitis A outbreak in their homeless population and how that event has influenced the efforts during Covid to prevent a major homeless population Covid-19 outbreak. The article also explains the complexities of running these clinics but that it is worthwhile to aid a community that is among the most vulnerable to Covid.

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This item was submitted on March 28, 2021 by Matthew Williams using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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