A nurse participates in a protest organized by the New York State Nurses Association outside National Holdings Corporation on May 8, 2020. The nurses protested because Congress gave bailouts to businesses and Wall Street billionaires, but not enough for the hardest-hit communities in the coronavirus crisis.
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Caroline Chen writes at ProPublica –The angry Déjone V.u of a third coronavirus wave. Healthcare workers don't need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and so we can stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases none of this happens:
There is a joke that I saw online over and over again during this pandemic that goes: "Months this year: January, February, March, March, March, March, March …"
My lips twist in a smile, but my heart isn't there. (…)
As a health reporter on the pandemic, I've experienced too many Deja Vu moments. This summer, as the virus swept the south, news broke of overwhelmed hospitals in Houston dismissed ambulance recalled similar scenes from March and April in New York City. Now we are in what is known as the third wave of the pandemic, in which the virus invades the states of the Midwest, and this week Dr. Gregory Schmidt, Associate Chief Medical Officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said these are his colleagues converting 16 hospital beds into new ICU beds in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients. "People in leadership positions start saying things in meetings like," I feel like doom is imminent. "