COVID-19 Delta surge: Are healthcare workers at a breaking point? | The Stream

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Anger, frustration, fear, shame – those are just some of the emotions frontline workers in the United States are grappling with as their hospitals once again fill up with coronavirus cases. Some of the worst hit areas like Florida and Arkansas are even seeing children's hospitals fill up with COVID-19 cases.

Despite widespread availability of vaccines that help prevent and mitigate COVID-19 infections, millions of Americans have opted not to get the shots. In states with low vaccine uptakes, the more contagious Delta variant has now taken hold, resulting in a fourth wave of illness, mainly among younger people.

Doctors and nurses already burned out from battling coronavirus over the past 18 months say it’s been hard to face this new crush of patients.

Many express feeling invisible and unappreciated by a country ready to move on from the virus. Others are quitting the healthcare profession altogether, exacerbating an existing shortage in frontline workers. And some are accusing government officials of stymying their efforts to save lives.

In this episode we ask how is the latest COVID-19 Delta surge is affecting the mental health of US healthcare workers?

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