Many of us must have seen the video of a dad in surgical scrubs who returns home after a probably long day managing patients infected with the covid-19 virus. As he steps into the house, his little son sights him and rushes to welcome him with an embrace. In what appears to be a reflex action, the father tells him to stop with an outstretched hand obviously not wanting to expose the poor little boy to any danger of infection. However, the father couldn't contain his emotions as he broke down in tears, with his son one or two metres away from him. This happens to be a tidbit of what frontline health workers now have to deal with in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic worldwide. First responders, nurses, doctors and other health workers worldwide are in a constant struggle to remain mentally optimal as the pandemic unfolds. We all need to ensure that these people stay strong.
The first set of people who need to take charge in this regard are none other than the front-line health workers themselves. Are you one of them? As you almost certainly already know and might be even experiencing, you're likely to experience fear, anxiety and a sense of powerlessness. It's not abnormal to even feel rage and anger toward the folks who have not followed the social distancing protocols. In the face of critical decision-making regarding treatment choices, resource management amongst others, it's only normal. You're scared you might get infected. You're scared you might infect your little daughter or your diabetic father who stays with you. It's all normal.
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