LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- A petition is currently circulating in Indiana that's being signed by health care workers. It's asking Hoosiers to do the following. Avoid gatherings as much as possible. This includes gatherings in homes, bars, restaurants, weddings, and funerals. Even small gatherings are risky. Wear a mask when you are with anyone you do not live with, especially when indoors. Advocate for state and federal support for those suffering from the pandemic’s economic and social effects. And get the vaccine when it becomes available. Dr. David Farman is the emergency room, medical director at Franciscan Health. He signed the petition along with over 2,500 other health care workers in the state.
"The compliance out there isn't nearly as high as I would like to see as a physician and unfortunately I think it's costing people their health," said Dr. Farman.
Dr. Farman has been on the front lines of the pandemic since it began. He says the hospital was prepared for the second wave of COVID, but there are a larger number of people getting sick. He says the pandemic has been taxing both professionally and personally.
"A few of my kids' friends have gotten COVID, so we are trying to isolate my kids because we have had a couple of Physicians out and I can't get sick," said Dr. Farman. So I have been sleeping on the second floor again just to keep some distance."
Sacrifices like that, are what the thousands of health care professionals are asking Hoosier to do. They hope by sharing their testimonials more people will comply with the guidelines, in turn, helping take some pressure off hospitals across the state.
"I think what we are trying to demonstrate is the normalization of the facts and the science and some leadership to say this is what the people who are dealing with this on a first-hand basis are doing," said Dr. Farman.
This is why Dr. Farman, along with thousands of other health care professionals, hope Hoosiers take the steps necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"If we can just have as many people as possible get the vaccine and people practice social distancing and wear our masks and just get through another couple months, I think we are going to be ok by this summer I really do," added Dr. Farman.
Dr. Farman is getting his COVID-19 vaccine in less than a week. He is encouraging everyone to get it as soon as they have the chance to. To read the petition click here.