Well, some front line workers such a food industry people , have gotten a couple dollars an hour, temporary raise , while this is going on, at least in my general neck of the woods .
Other front line workers such as myself , are most happy that the world finally knows what a lab tech is, and does, now. Unfortunately, in my already critically understaffed profession , it’ll probably drive everyone away from wanting to go into this field, for fear of the cootie factor .
This virus is nothing new for us—we treat all samples as if they’re potentially biohazardous, but with all the hype now —ain’t no one gonna want to be a tech, now, and work with human blood & body fluids.
So while we’re currently in the spotlight , it’ll eventually bite us, because we’ll be even more short staffed, then none of us will ever be able to retire, someday , I’m order to keep labs open .
Had a girlfriend once who did her BMLS, then lasted one summer before she realised the reality of coming in to a lab every day...so went back for another 6 years to do medicine!
Have a niece studying for BMLS now and volunteering in a lab. She loves it...very process oriented person, with high attention to detail,
I’d be making mud pies with stool samples by mid Monday morning.