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Coronavirus And Its Challenges – The Mental Health Of Medical Workers

Our healthcare workers are the front line heroes for us in the testing times of Coronavirus. With the entire world under lockdown, the doctors and nurses have been amidst the ground zero treating infected patients.

Due to this, the medical community is also one of the worst affected by the disease. In fact, their families also face increased danger. However, they lack even the basic protective gear in many countries.

Al Jazeera explored the example of Canada. Doctors explained the effects that the disease is having on their mental health.

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HOW ARE DOCTORS IN CANADA DEALING WITH THE CRISIS?

Coronavirus & Its Challenges - The Mental Health Of Medical Workers
Images of medical workers with bruises on their faces after long working hours have gone viral.

Alam, a family doctor in Georgetown, Ontario explained how the crisis has had the feeling that a disaster is on the horizon –

“It’s that moment where you’re breathless and just before you get that sick stomach feeling – where you know something big is about to happen. Every country that has been hit by the coronavirus has had its health system quickly overwhelmed,” said Alam. She works at a local clinic and a hospital. Additionally, her hospital was already running above 100% capacity during Canada’s winter.

Alam added – “A lot of us are just mentally preparing ourselves for the decisions we’re going to have to make over the coming weeks – and to do our best by the families and the patients that we take care of.

WHAT CHALLENGES DOES CORONAVIRUS PRESENT?

Dr Caroline Gerin-Lajoie explained how the COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges. Gerin- Lajoie is the executive vice president of physical health and wellness at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

Coronavirus & Its Challenges - The Mental Health Of Medical Workers

“We are facing a crisis that is at a level that we’ve not seen in many, many years”.

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Healthcare workers are facing the concern that they may affect their families. They may also face the lack of protective equipment which will increase their chances of catching the deadly disease.

“What is also unique is the level of uncertainty and rapid change that is affecting society, but also, in particular, the healthcare sector on a day-to-day basis,” Gerin-Lajoie told Al Jazeera. “The way we usually work in healthcare is now flipped upside down, and we are having to look at innovative ways to continue providing the best healthcare that we can at this particular time to our patients.”

Let’s hope that the community responds quickly to the demands of these workers.

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