Healthcare workers are under immense pressure amid the coronavirus pandemic. They face shortages of protective equipment such as gloves and masks. They’re pulling long shifts. And they risk being infected with the virus.
So it's no surprise that the language of the pandemic is one of wartime -- nurses and doctors fighting on the frontlines against what some politicians have called an “invisible enemy.”
“I hear nurses every day, they describe it as a war zone,” says Emily Sego, a chief nurse executive at a large hospital group in Indianapolis.