Feelings of isolation, boredom and uncertainty coupled with the proliferation of Zoom happy hours and creative boozy concoctions like ‘quarantinis,’ have been a recipe for relapse for some.
Blinking and rasping, the patient admits that it’s hard for him to breathe. He is suspected to have COVID-19 and he needs to be intubated. It’s a routine procedure that has taken on added risk because it so easily “aerosolizes” the germs that cause the disease, sending them widely into the air.
While mental health in the workplace is a longstanding and undertreated issue, it has been amplified as health professionals struggle with the extraordinary physical and emotional demands of COVID-19.
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