They’ve Seen It All—But This is Different

The pandemic’s mental health consequences for health workers are mounting into a “second curve” that will need to be flattened, Science reports.
Mirroring research into past outbreaks including SARS, new data from China, Italy, and the US show that mental health problems among health workers are spreading along with COVID-19.
Listening sessions with health workers organized by the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center revealed a “palpable” sense of fear among staff. Chief concerns: lack of PPE was the top worry, along with the possibility of exposing others to the virus, and being forced to make life-or-death decisions based on equipment shortages.
“Your soul gets torn,” explained one nurse.
In the UK, paramedics accustomed to harrowing scenes are being pushed to the brink. Several described to The Guardian an exponential increase in cardiac arrests, more patients being found dead at home, and once again, a woeful shortage of PPE.

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