A Love Letter to the Caregivers of COVID-19

Staying indoors is the greatest thing people can do. Do not have an appointment with your neighbors, because for the moment we do not really know if children can be asymptomatic carriers, even adults. Just because you feel good doesn’t mean you don’t have it. Stay as isolated as possible. But we still love food. People send pizza, cookies, things like that to the emergency room. I think it’s a great idea because it’s a strange time. Whenever we can sit around a table and maybe have a slice of pizza, it’s a break from reality. You feel back in your normal life.

I use this fitness app called Obe for personal care. I am now four months after giving birth and it has helped me to try to get back into shape after the baby. These days, I’m locked up in my house or at work, so it feels good because the workouts only last 30 minutes. I feel like a human again, and it’s a little escape. I even use it sometimes while I take a break. He’s really the one who escapes me from reality right now.

I want everyone to stay positive. It will take a long time, but we will get there. We will see the other side and stay strong.

—Bridget, emergency pharmacist at a pediatric hospital in Colorado

“The most important thing is social estrangement.” —Kathleen, intensive care nurse

“COVID-19 is starting to hit our area hard, and it is already starting to overwhelm health care providers. Many infected patients need intensive care, which requires nurses and intensive care doctors. only has a specifically trained number. We have already started rationing masks in anticipation of the inevitable. Last weekend I received a mask for my two shifts and I was given a brown paper bag to put it in. The number of masks and eye protection is already decreasing in our emergency room. anxiously waiting for the supplies to run out, and what is going on? How can we protect ourselves and protect our families when this happens?

The most important thing is social estrangement. It is truly overwhelming to drive to the hospital and see groups of people picnicking outside or having their nails done at the local salon despite the closure of non-essential businesses. So please, please, practice social distance and stay at home! As COVID-19 continues to spread, consider donating unused, new, and sealed gloves, masks and glasses to your local hospital.

For us on the front lines, there aren’t a lot of moments to take a break, but stay well hydrated, try to sleep for a few hours without interruption, lots of vitamin C and take a moment to just cut your brain for a second are key. This is an unprecedented period, and our priority is for patients. Unfortunately, therefore, our own health is on the back burner.

As nurses, we signed up to be there for our patients, their families and the general public, no matter what. We have trained at times like this throughout our careers, but only with the proper safety equipment in place. I love my career and I am grateful to be surrounded by an incredible group of health professionals. “

—Kathleen, critical care nurse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“If we lose work, who will pay our bills?” Lee, social worker

“There is a stigma that if you wear a mask it means you have the virus. It is very dangerous for the elderly to be exposed. In the assisted living center where I work, I had to do take my temperature before entering the building. If your temperature is above 100 degrees, you are sent home. When we are sent home, it means no work or wages.

It’s really depressing for us as caregivers. Just like with nannies and housekeepers, if we lose work, who will pay our bills? We have to be strong, take care of our own health and find out how we can make a living otherwise. We can also get referrals from other friends who may need our help. “

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