As the number of cases of those testing positive for COVID-19 increases, more healthcare workers are needed to treat patients at overwhelmed hospitals.
Not only do doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals have to go out into society to perform their essential work, they’re coming in direct contact with people known to be infected with the novel coronavirus.
As the number of patients increase, so does the risk of healthcare workers contracting the virus or spreading it to their loved ones.
Many frontline workers are taking extra precautions to keep their families safe as they continue to expose themselves to the virus to do their job.
This is what social distancing looks like for healthcare workers with children:
A doctor in Arkansas drives an hour to see his son through a glass window.
A father of three has to self-isolate and temporarily live in a garage apartment to not risk exposing his family to the coronavirus. His wife shares their story on Twitter:
My spouse is a physician in the emergency dept, and is actively treating #coronavirus patients. We just made the difficult decision for him to isolate & move into our garage apartment for the foreseeable future as he continues to treat patients. (1/5)— Rachel Patzer, PhD (@RachelPatzerPhD) March 17, 2020
As I attempt to home school my kids (alone) with a new baby who screams if she isn’t held, I am worried about the health of my spouse and my family. This was not how I envisioned my maternity leave, but I know things could be worse. (3/5)— Rachel Patzer, PhD (@RachelPatzerPhD) March 17, 2020
Please, take this #pandemic seriously. I hope the projections of infections and serious cases are incorrect. If not, our healthcare system will be overloaded. And already we are seeing the strain. Please thank a healthcare worker for what they are doing and sacrificing. (5/5)— Rachel Patzer, PhD (@RachelPatzerPhD) March 17, 2020
In Saudi Arabia, a doctor had to reject his eager son’s open arms when he arrived home.