"Listen, I'm an ICU nurse. I take care of COVID patients. I've had COVID, this is really a sensitive thing for me.” - Julie Netzky, an intensive care unit nurse at Denver Health, describing conversations with skeptical community members, in an interview with Colorado Public Radio. The interview includes a look at the impact on both nurses and EMS teams.
Doctors, first responders and other health care workers were already at a higher risk for mental health issues and suicide. The COVID-19 pandemic made that worse.