US Healthcare Workers Fight Shortages: We're Trying To Keep Our Heads Above Water
US nurses and doctors on the front lines of the battle against the new coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of Americans and killed hundreds are shellshocked by the damage that the virus wreaks - on patients, their families and themselves.
Nurses and doctors describe their frustration at equipment shortages, fears of infecting their families, and their moments of tearful despair.
These are some of their stories:
NEW YORK CONFIRMED CASES: 53,324. DEATHS: 773
Dr. Arabia Mollette, an emergency medicine physician, has started praying during the cab ride to work in the morning. She needs those few minutes of peace - and some lighthearted banter with the cafeteria staff at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn at 6:45 a.m. - to ground her before she enters what she describes as a "medical warzone." At the end of her shift, which often runs much longer than the scheduled 12 hours, she sometimes cannot hold back tears.