Covid: UK records another 28,000 coronavirus cases

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Almost 620,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, and over 32 million have contracted the virus. Healthcare workers have been on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19. The BBC has talked to several healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses, and medical staff – who reporters initially spoke to last summer – […]

Almost 620,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, and over 32 million have contracted the virus.

Healthcare workers have been on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19.

The BBC has talked to several healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses, and medical staff – who reporters initially spoke to last summer – to ask how they are faring nearly 18 months into the pandemic.

Idara Inokon, 32, from New York, says “a lot has happened” in her life since last April.

She says she was “burnt out” after working as an intensive care nurse at the pandemic’s height in New York and began desperately craving a change of scenery.

“So, I picked a city in Texas that I’d never been to, and accepted a travel nurse contract in El Paso at the end of summer 2020,” she says.

But what began as a fun experience soon transformed into “another Covid nightmare”, she says, when El Paso became an “epicentre” for the virus as it ripped through whole households.

By 2021, she had accepted a nurse practitioner job working in vaccine clinics across New York City, spending four months on “the other side”, which she says felt “less stressful and more hopeful”.

“Instead of witnessing the tragic stories of Covid, I was met with the smiles of people excited to get vaccinated, who had hopes of moving toward a new kind of normal.”

She says it has been heartbreaking to hear about the pressure on staff and hospitals as Covid cases rise, adding it was a “bit unnerving to see hospitals overwhelmed at the end of summer before flu season even starts”.

Idara adds she is most concerned about online misinformation about coronavirus vaccines and Covid-19, as it could “stifle efforts to curb the continued spread of Covid”.

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