Health professionals around the world have not encountered anything like the Covid-1 like, which spread rapidly and has so far killed more than 3,360,000 people worldwide. Health officials were so concerned that hospitals would overwhelm patients that in March most parts of the world arrived at an unprecedented lockout of “flattening the curve” – reducing the number of new infections to respond to calls. Fast-paced areas like the San Francisco Bay Area have so far been successful – hospitals that were suspended like New York City have been flooded with patients. Things got so bad in NYC that a hospital had to bring a truck to a fridge in a trailer to hold the bodies.
Caring for ultimately sick patients has taken on extremely sensitive and physical damage on health professionals from all countries. The cable video team contacted 11 of them – including physicians, medical assistants, paramedics and epidemiologists – and asked about their experience treating Kovid-19 patients. Some of them saw their first coronavirus patient just days before filming began; Others have been battling the disease for weeks or months. Some saw only a few patients, others a few hundred. But they are all dealing with epidemics like the modern world has never seen.
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They have to make ruthless decisions such as when to draw patients from the fans and where to allocate valuable resources. They should think twice about regular treatment at once: using aerosol medications to treat asthma can help spread the virus through the air. These health workers have to spend time away from their families and they cannot see all their patients. A doctor in Los Angeles, who travels to his clients’ homes, sees an 84-year-old patient every month that he can no longer enter the man’s house or keep the virus with him. This is even with the strict disinfection method: this doctor wipes his car among the patients; Coming to another house she puts all her clothes in wax and masks and then takes a shower, a disinfection process that takes up to 45 minutes. Still others prefer showers in their workplace.
It also takes a personal toll on them: some people say they can’t sleep, even when they have Covid-19 nightmares. Yet they persevere, support each other, take pride in their ability to help others in their community, and drown in what could be more of a punishment than the second wave of Covid-19 could be in the winter.
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