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What it’s like for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic

March 27, 2020 / By Dakin Andone, CNN

(CNN) – Across the country, health care professionals have mobilized to treat patients suffering from the novel coronavirus, and many are doing so without adequate supplies and equipment.

Now, some are sharing what it’s like inside their hospitals as they face an unprecedented crisis. Here’s what they have to say.

‘I cried the entire ride home’

One nurse at a large Long Island hospital in New York shared her feelings on social media, saying in a post Wednesday, “I haven’t slept because my mind won’t shut off.”

The nurse, who said she works in a Covid-19 triage area, said that the night prior was “so far the worst I have seen.”

Patients were streaming in non-stop, she said, coughing and sweating, with fevers and “fear in their eyes.” The nurse wrote that she cried in the bathroom during her break, peeling off the personal protective equipment (PPE) that left indentations in her face.”

I cry for my co workers, because we know it will get worse and I already feel like that is impossible and we are already at our breaking point,” she said. “I cry for the parents, children, siblings, spouses who cannot be with their loved ones who may be dying but can’t have visitors because there is no visiting allowed.”

“I am begging you to stay home,” she wrote. “Please. I cannot stay home and if you do not listen this will not end. It looks like a movie but it’s real life and I cannot believe its real.”

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