But even so, this virus moves faster than the medical workers chasing it, and they’re tired. “Our medical team is basically in the middle of a marathon,” Sistrunk says. “We’re tired. We’re right in the middle of this, and it’s so important that we all support each other and support our patients.”
“I’ve been super stretched, and I’ve seen my coworkers do the same thing,” Reeves says. “I’ve seen nurses that, in the beginning of this pandemic, were pretty new and novice and I’ve seen them grow dramatically through the virus because everyone is just being pushed to their limits.”
Healthcare workers are being pushed to their limits in every way. The physical limit is probably the first they hit. Every time Reeves goes to the hospital, it’s a process just to get ready. She wears one set of scrubs from home to the hospital, where Cox has provided all staff working with COVID-19 patients an extra pair of scrubs to wear at the hospital. They’ve also provided laundry and shower facilities on-site. Before Reeves sees any patients, she must gear up for battle—a full-body protective “bunny” suit, a ventilated mask, a plastic face shield, two pairs of gloves and multiple hairnets.