What coronavirus is doing to stressed US health workers – and why it will be felt for years

Posted by on May 15, 2020 1:00 am
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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.

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