National Doctor’s Day is celebrated every year on March 30th. The first Doctor’s Day observance was March 30th, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. This first observance included mailed greeting cards and flowers placed on the graves of deceased physicians. In 1990, legislation was passed to establish a national Doctor’s Day.
The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed the limits of healthcare all over the world. Today, we want to take a moment to honor those who have dedicated their lives to caring for people during the pandemic and looking at how healthcare has changed in the last year.
What is it like working during the pandemic?
Healthcare workers have reported feeling tired and burnt-out after a year of pandemic care. In the last year, nurses and doctors have had to readjust to caring for patients with an incredibly contagious and deadly virus without much information. This has required healthcare to become innovative and flexible. Traditional treatments have had to become adaptive to save lives as new information about the coronavirus emerged in the last twelve months.
Healthcare workers have also had to take on more than just caring for people’s physical ailments. They have also had to comfort patients in their last moments, as the Covid-19 virus forced hospitals to disallow visitors. Healthcare workers have had to adapt to the influx of critically ill patients and learn how to balance space and resources when their hospitals were far past maximum capacity.
Since December 2020, nurses and doctors have been working tirelessly to deliver and administer the Covid-19 vaccine to help, one day, achieve herd immunity. This last year has shed light on the good and ugly of the US’s healthcare sector. Healthcare workers have pulled together to solve problems and establish and accelerate telehealth to serve patients from their homes. They have also improved our understanding of the coronavirus and how we can improve safety precautions.
Nurses and doctors have been exposed to some of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic. In an interview by Henry Ford Health System, one doctor stated that there are “structural inequities that must be systematically named, addressed, dismantled and rebuilt if our communities are to be healthy.”
The pandemic has allowed healthcare workers to see the good and bad of the US’s healthcare system. We are better prepared for a crisis in the future, but we have much work to do to improve and ensure that all people receive equal care.
What can we do to help?
Healthcare workers are still fighting to save lives and vaccinate people all over the country, and they will continue to until we can win the battle against Covid-19. There are many opportunities to help healthcare workers during this time. Countless organizations work to make masks for nurses and doctors and drop off excess, unused PPE (personal protection supplies) to hospitals in need.
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