The Coronavirus, which is believed to be originated in Wuhan, has taken the lives of many citizens around the globe. Things got really serious when medical workers started to contract it as they handle an overwhelming number of cases day by day.
One story recently highlighted in a CNN interview is from Dr. Andrew Pastewski, ICU medical director at Jackson South Medical Center in Miami, Florida. Pastewski did not only just fight for the lives of his patients but is also personally battling COVID-19, so as his family members.
The medical director narrated that they did not leave the house but allowed family members to visit. Days later, his brother, cousin, wife, and kids were tested positive. Since he works in the hospital, he was tested routinely and soon found out he was positive as well with a mild case. “We’re all good. I had a very mild case. I never had a fever. I never had any muscle aches. Just a cough for about 3 or 4 days,” he added. He also said that his quarantine will soon be up and is expected to go back to work. While on quarantine he kept himself busy by keeping in touch with patients and workmates online.
Dr. Pastewski is one of the thousands who are sacrificing their lives around the world to fight the coronavirus outbreak. As soon as the hospitals were packed and lockdowns were implemented, many were already sharing their stories via social media showing fear, sadness, shock, and even disappointment towards their government’s priorities.
Frontline workers aren’t only doctors and nurses but also sanitation workers, mental health counselors, grocery employees, police officers, bus drivers, and many more who have found themselves essential to keep the world working despite of global lockdowns.