• Emily Batka

How Covid-19 is affecting hospitals and healthcare workers

With the surge of COVID-19 rampaging our community, it is important to know how our healthcare workers and hospitals are handling it. With all the different risks they take and everything they go through, COVID-19 has had a much bigger impact on them than most people realize. To help us understand, we interviewed Dev Mortland, a worker at MedExpress Urgent Care in Indiana, who has helped us to understand what healthcare workers experience on a daily basis.

There has been an enormous increase in the demand for services and treatment related to COVID-19. Mortland continued by saying, “The severity of these patients varies significantly, but there can be several throughout the day with more significant symptoms requiring immediate attention.” In the urgent care setting, Mortland sees numerous COVID-19 related visits, along with patients on a walk-in basis for other illnesses, injuries, and work-related medicine.

Along with affecting the care patients receive, COVID-19 has also changed how healthcare workers operate outside of the workplace. The most significant result of working in the medical field is having to often quarantine one’s self and other family members, as they are constantly being exposed to COVID-19. Personally, for Mortland and her husband, they chose to keep their daughter out of preschool this year to reduce her exposure. Not only do workers in the medical field have to take precautions outside of their workplace, but in the workplace as well. For instance, they have to wear masks throughout their shift. They also are required to maintain social distancing as best they can, while washing and sanitizing their hands before and after each patient. Workers also wear full personal protective equipment such as gowns, N95 masks, surgical masks, goggles, and gloves. The best way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself and others safe is to wash your hands for 20 seconds (frequently), wear masks in public spaces, and maintain social distancing. Do your part to ease the spread of COVID-19 and help your local healthcare heroes!

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