'There’s only so many bags you can zip'

Months of progress in making COVID-19 care more efficient in US hospitals is being erased by staggering COVID-19 case numbers and rising health worker burnout.
 
“There’s only so many [body] bags you can zip,” said one Iowa nurse, who describes becoming almost robotic to cope with the stress, Ed Yong writes in The Atlantic.
 
That state is completely out of staffed beds as it deals with an outbreak that dwarfs Arizona's peak this summer. 
 
Reinforcements aren't likely as hospitals across the nation are overburdened and understaffed.
 
There is one reprieve from the crippling stress: calling it quits. During the pandemic, thousands of medical practices across the US have shuttered as doctors and nurses move to different jobs or retire early because of the stress of working through the pandemic, The New York Times reports.

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