COVID-19 infected healthcare workers forced to work


This 30 June 2020 video says about itself:

Exploited, exposed and underpaid: Coronavirus healthcare workers left behind | COVID-19 Special

The world’s healthcare workers are dealing with death and disease on a daily basis, risking their own health at the same time. They are on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, testing the limits of human endurance. And not always with the level of protection that they need, but exposed to coronavirus or even dying of Covid-19 in many cases, making the ultimate sacrifice.

After the struggle to contain the pandemic, what will it mean for healthcare systems and the people who run them?

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus, but who have few or mild complaints, sometimes have to continue working. This happens in Belgium, but also in the Netherlands, says the FNV Healthcare & Wellbeing trade union.

“I hear these sounds not only in hospitals, but in the entire care sector, also in district nursing and nursing homes,” says executive board member Elise Merlijn of the union in the NOS Radio 1 Journaal.

“If you then know that they have to work with the most vulnerable patients, that’s just too bizarre for words.” It happens because the need is great, says Merlijn. “There is an enormous shortage of staff, a high level of absenteeism, while the demand for care is increasing.”

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