Public appreciation for the work of clinicians and other carers has grown during the pandemic. Yet while it is good to know that your work is valued, the unrelenting strain of being on the frontline during a prolonged health crisis is bound to exact a heavy emotional toll. Doctors are used to dealing with high pressure situations, seriously ill patients, and heavy workloads, but the covid-19 pandemic has magnified these challenges. It has also added new burdens, such as the trauma of seeing patients die alone and the need to break bad news to distressed families while socially distancing. Along with taking responsibility for many life or death clinical decisions, doctors also face the constant worry of contracting coronavirus and passing it to loved ones.

 

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