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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 03:09 AM

21-year-old Riverside nursing assistant dies from COVID-19 complications

Valeria Viveros of Riverside knew there were risks working in a nursing home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, family members said.

But the 21-year-old felt compelled to do her best to help as she worked her first job as a nursing assistant at the Extended Care Hospital of Riverside.

Earlier this month, she became one of dozens at the facility diagnosed with the virus herself. Seven days later, on Friday, she died from complications of COVID-19.

"Her mother, father, sister, and brother are in shock, mourning, and in quarantine,” aunt Rafaela Pinto Urrea wrote on the memorial page. “Valeria made the ultimate sacrifice for her elderly patients,” she said. “Valeria did not have the heart to stay home! She was driven to be with the elderly under her care at a skilled nursing facility in Riverside, in spite of the fact that several patients were infected with COVID-19.”

https://ktla.com/news/local-news/21-year-old-riverside-nursing-assistant-dies-from-covid-19-complications/

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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 04:22 AM

1. It's so sad, SunSeeker..

We never know who it's going to take away.

Some people get it and recover and so many don't.

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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 04:36 AM

2. Health workers like she was really get hit with a heavy viral load.

Which is associated with worse outcomes. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/viral-load-many-health-workers-getting-sick/

It's also why masks are so important. I bet they didn't give her an N95 mask working in a nursing home.

But even homemade tshirt masks reduce the viral load you are exposed to somewhat. It's certainly better than nothing. But healthcare works should all wear N95 masks. Otherwise, we're just playing Russian roulette with their lives.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 13, 2020, 04:58 AM

3. Yes, that would only be the humane protocol

to have all health workers and those on the front lines wearing the strongest masks to impede the CV.. N95 Masks.

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