It’s very easy for those of us not near medical services to not have to think about the dangers which our medical workers face with Covid 19 but the article below drove it home for me. We have a son working as a district palliative care nurse in Melbourne. It’s easy to hear the tension in his voice on the phone. The loneliness of the lockdown which Melbournite’s are experiencing every day, and being effectively locked up at home by 9pm. The pressure under which Tim and other medical workers are working under and the community tension is a long way away from how we are living. This is a very challenging time for the world.
This article writes about a young Doctor in USA who was not supplied with appropriate PPE and she eventually contracted Covid 19 and died aged 28. Here is a small part of the article:
The physician tested positive for the virus in early July and died on 19 September after spending over two months in hospital. She had worked in a Houston emergency department, and a family member says she reused personal protective equipment (PPE) day after day due to shortages.
Fagan is one of over 250 medical staff who died in southern and western hotspot states as the virus surged there over the summer, according to reporting by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News as part of Lost on the Frontline, a project to track every US healthcare worker death. In Texas, nine medical deaths in April soared to 33 in July, after Governor Greg Abbott hastily pushed to reopen the state for business and then reversed course.