‘It decimated our staff’: Covid ravages Black and brown health workers in US
Covid-19 has taken an outsized toll on Black and Hispanic Americans – and those disparities extend to medical workers
This spring, New Jersey emergency room nurse Maritza Beniquez saw “wave after wave” of sick patients, each wearing a look of fear that grew increasingly familiar as the weeks wore on.
Soon, it was her colleagues at Newark’s University Hospital – the nurses, techs and doctors with whom she had been working side-by-side–who turned up in the ER, themselves struggling to breath. “So many of our own coworkers got sick, especially toward the beginning, it literally decimated our staff,” she said.