Health-care workers' access to personal protective equipment, along with appropriate infection control procedures, affected their mental health during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some 70-80% of health-care workers testing positive to COVID-19 in Victoria's second wave were infected at work, compared with 22% in the first wave.
When it comes to PPE, we could be better protecting our frontline health-care workers. We need to update current guidelines to reflect the latest evidence around how COVID-19 spreads.
Health-care professionals are tasked with a professional responsibility of responding to the health and well-being of the people for whom they care. But what about their well-being?
Moral injury happens when someone is faced with a choice that violates deep moral beliefs. Health-care workers treating COVID-19 might be forced to choose between 'wrong' and 'wronger.'
Younger, unmarried or less educated workers are feeling the brunt of the economic effects of COVID-19. The fallout may deepen already existing inequalities.
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Health-care workers are our most valuable asset in an outbreak. We must protect them as best we can.