By Justice Graves
Senior News Reporter
SAN MARCOS, Texas — Times have been tough for everyone going through COVID-19. No one feels the situation as closely and as intimately as the people on the front line.
Healthcare employees work night and day in the hospitals taking care of others while risking their health.
COVID-19 has been a stressful and trying time for healthcare workers like Emergency Medical Technician Marissa Cyphers, who had to adjust and adopt new screening methods like “triage,” into her routine at Brooke’s Army Medical Center.
“Triage is a new thing, every person that gets brought into our clinic has to be screened for a COVID questionnaire,” said Cyphers. “Which is basically just asking them, have they been out of the country recently, do they have any cold or flu-like symptoms. Specifically, a cough or respiratory distress or loss of taste.”
Cyphers has to make many sacrifices working at the hospital, the biggest one for her is not being able to see her grandparents.
“It’s kind of stressful, I haven’t seen my grandparents since I started working there,” said Cyphers.
Typically, one of the more pressing concerns about working in this field is contracting the virus, while Cyphers’s concern is primarily for others.
“I’m not really afraid for myself catching the virus, if I get it, I get it,” said Cyphers. “I feel like I’ll be ok, I’m more afraid of getting it and giving it to someone else.”
Work in any hospital can be demanding without the added stress of a risky virus, but for Cyphers, the environment has turned more depressing than scary.
“I wouldn’t say the situation is scarier,” said Cyphers. “The environment is just more strenuous and depressing, especially in the ER.”
Healthcare workers do their part caring for others and putting their own lives on the line. Cyphers reiterates that everyone should stay home and keep their distance.
“Basically, just do as you’re told, stay at home, wash your hands, wear a mask, and don’t go to a large gathering.”
For more information on preventative tactics against COVID-19, you can refer to the CDC website.
Featured image by Marissa Cyphers.