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‘are We Heroes? No, We’re Not ‘health Care Workers On Combating Covid



November 17, 2020, marks one year since a mysterious respiratory illness, later named COVID-19, first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. In that time, it has become a disease of pandemic proportions, touching every continent except Antarctica, killing more than 1.3 million people and infecting 55 million.

As the virus spread, health care workers found themselves attempting to treat patients with a disease no one had ever encountered before. That included doctors and nurses in the U.S., which for months has been the country with the worst numbers for cases and death tolls. The latest figures are more than 11 million infections and over 247,000 fatalities. The virus was first reported in the U.S. on January 20, after an American citizen traveled from Wuhan to Washington state.

After hammering the Northeast in the spring, the disease spread to the Sun Belt in the summer before turning to the Midwest and West in the fall.

To mark a year since the start of the worst global health crisis in a century, Newsweek asked health care workers in the U.S. to share their most memorable experiences.

Cathlyn Robinson, 59, nurse and clinical education specialist, New Jersey

Dr. Meeta Shah, an emergency physician in Illinois, says she has taken on many roles during the pandemic.
Meeta Shah

“I’ve found myself playing the part of house manager, chef, scheduler, accountant, virtual learning support and counselor at home, while in parallel at work I’m playing frontline doctor, telehealth support, researcher, informaticist and more.”



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