Congress must address mental health needs of medical workers

July 14, 2020

Daily Herald

A Guest OpEd by ACEP member Dr. Raja Krishnamoorthi

We see them everywhere in communities across the country: signs thanking our front-line medical workers for their heroic efforts to save victims of the coronavirus. Some of the signs are professionally printed. Others are handmade -- many by children. All of them show the gratitude Americans feel for the brave doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, many of these heroes have been forced to do their jobs without all the equipment they require. Surgical masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment have been in short supply or unavailable. As a result, many medical professionals fighting the virus have put their own health at risk. According to the International Council of Nurses, at least 900,000 health care workers around the world have been infected with COVID-19.

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