What coronavirus is doing to stressed US health workers – and why it will be felt for years
US nurses and doctors could experience PTSD due to pandemic, experts say, as healthcare workers tend to experience high rates of burnout and depression
Jenn Caldwell is a hospital nurse in Kansas City, Missouri. By her estimate, she has cared for nearly three dozen Covid-19 patients since the pandemic began, and her close friend, a fellow nurse, has died from the virus.
When she developed an upset stomach consistent with Covid-19 she lost her composure. She curled up in a ball, cried and hyperventilated. Later, Caldwell wrote down all her financial account information, put it in her lockbox and texted her 20-year-old daughter the code.