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Pandemic Taking A Toll On Mental Health Of Hospital Workers

The mental health of health care workers is a growing concern with the pandemic now killing more than 140,000 people in the U.S. New Orleans was a hotspot for COVID-19 in April, and doctors and nurses have learned how to keep many more patients alive since then. But as death counts creep up again, depression is more of a threat.

Dr. Sonia Malhotra directs palliative care at University Medical Center New Orleans. She says “Coronavirus is not going away anytime soon, so hospital workers have to treat it as a marathon and not a sprint, figuring out how to keep coming back every day."