Opinion | Hospitals and Health Care Workers, Overwhelmed by Covid

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To the Editor:

Re “Idaho Imposes Its Covid Crisis on a Neighbor” (front page, Sept. 14):

Stories like this infuriate me. We know now that most of those Covid cases that are overstuffing Idaho’s hospitals and spilling over into neighboring states involve those who refuse to be vaccinated.

People with heart attacks or strokes and victims of auto accidents are dying or having their lives threatened because there is no room in a hospital for them because of the anti-vaxxers filling the wards.

My wife and I followed all the rules, but got infected anyway. We toughed it out at home, surviving on Tylenol. Admittedly, we were among the lucky ones who survived without hospitalization or the medications that the famous and rich have received, and we have had few aftereffects. But I would wish it on no one.

So, if you believe Covid is a hoax and that the vaccine is a plot against you and you get infected, do the intelligent people a favor and stay out of our hospitals. After all, you’re tough and you know it’s all a hoax.

Edward Gallardo
Sun City West, Ariz.

To the Editor:

As a family physician and educator for more than 30 years, I have come to equate the ongoing Covid pandemic with war. Among health care providers there are reports of moral injury similar to those reported by veterans.

I see it in myself, my colleagues and my trainees. I have always tried to model and teach resilience. Covid has challenged my ability to do so. There is so much suffering and death that were preventable if only our government had focused on public health.

How do we reckon with a dysfunctional, underresourced public health system? How do we reckon with local, state and national leaders who do not act in the best interest of those they serve? How do we reckon with community members, colleagues, neighbors, friends and family who do not make the choices to protect themselves and others? How do we reckon with our own ongoing anger, fear and grief? How then do we maintain, model and teach resilience?

Among my many, many fears about this pandemic and those likely to follow is a surge of mental health problems and suicides within the health care worker community.

Listen to our cry for help. Do everything possible to stop Covid and give us respite.

Nancy Bermon
New York

To the Editor:

Re “Covid Hospitalizations Hit Crisis Levels in Southern I.C.U.s” (graphic, Sept. 14):

In Southern intensive care units, care is clearly being rationed. Life-sustaining services are being delayed, diluted in quality or even denied because of staffing and bed shortages.

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