Emotional moment shows health care workers feel COVID-19 fatigue too. 'We feel trapped in many ways'
CHICAGO — Dr. Seth Trueger is tired of the pandemic.He misses his regular breakfast restaurant, which he now passes without stopping because of the risk of eating indoors. He misses his beard, which is now shaved because he wears masks every day. And he misses the old version of his job, when he didn’t have to calculate the risk of possible death with every action.Trueger is an emergency room doctor at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he has been on the front lines of COVID-19 since it was declared a pandemic in March.Fatigue caused by restrictions and hardships of COVID-19 are ...
As COVID-19 cases rise again, are Michigan health care providers ready? It's complicated
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, it caught many Michigan health systems without enough personal protective equipment — surgical masks, gloves, gowns, N95 masks and eye protection — to safeguard their workers from the deadly pathogen.Nurses, doctors and other front-line staff had to reuse N-95 masks, sometimes for days at a time, when metro Detroit became a COVID-19 hot spot in late March and early April. Others couldn’t get N95 masks at all.Some health care workers were infected with COVID-19. Among 6,700 adults hospitalized with COVID-19 from March 1-May 31 in the U.S., about 6% were hea...
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