'Death is our greeter': Doctors, nurses struggle with mental health as coronavirus cases grow

May 3, 2020

USA Today

Starting in late March, the hospitals ramped up initiatives, such as a 24/7 mental health crisis line and one-on-one counseling, Ripp said. It also launched a wellness and resilience center that will track staffers' mental health long term.

"The number of (coronavirus) deaths we’re seeing in this country are higher than deaths we saw during the Vietnam War," Ripp said. "There's reason to be concerned."

Dr. Aisha Terry, a Washington, D.C., emergency physician and board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said she routinely fields calls from colleagues who break down in tears over what they're witnessing.

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