Today marks the UN’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and it comes as health workers worldwide are under extraordinary strain as they hold down the COVID-19 frontlines.
While some health workers are feted nightly with choruses of applause, others are enduring vicious attacks that leave them afraid to wear their uniforms in public, theNew York Times reports.
- In Mexico, dozens of attacks on health workers have been reported since the outbreak began; some have been blamed for spreading the coronavirus.
- In the Philippines, a nurse was blinded after attackers doused him with bleach.
- In India—where “a stone-throwing mob” chased health workers, officials are taking action. The government has pledged a “zero tolerance policy” for such offenses, naming violence against health workers a non-bailable offense punishable by up to 7 years in prison, The Hindu reported.