Dr. Esther Choo shared her opinion about how medical doctors and nurses are dealing with the fears that come with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
As more and more people test positive to COVID-19, hospitals are filled with patients, thus putting the lives of many medical practitioners at the risk of catching the virus themselves.
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One such medical officers, Dr. Esther Choo, recently spoke to People about how her co-workers were dealing with their fears and worries at this period.
Before Saadu’s death, [it was] reported that a 67-year-old doctor from South Florida, Dr. Alex Hsu, died from complications related to coronavirus.
Emergency Medicine Times Up Healthcare Esther Choo speaks on stage during the Conde Nast session at the Cannes Lions 2019 : Day Two on June 18, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
Esther, who is an MD, MPH, an emergency room doctor, and associate professor at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, said:
“People are having hard discussions with their families about ‘who takes care of my kids if I’m gone?’ We’re going to have a higher fatality rate among our health care workers.”
The doctor added that she believed that people were afraid of the somber reality ahead of them as everybody was going to lose friends and colleagues during the pandemic.
What was more worrisome for Esther is the fact that her husband is also in the medical field as a radiologist and a physician who has to go into the hospital every day.
The doctor’s emotional interview came at the same time that BBC disclosed that 68-year-old Dr. Alfa Saadu, died of coronavirus on Tuesday afternoon at the Whittington Hospital in north London.
Saadu, who was a medical director at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex and Ealing NHS Trust, immediately went into self-isolation when he started to show symptoms of coronavirus two weeks ago.
Despite many pleas from his family to go to the hospital, the doctor refused to because he didn’t want to take up the space that others needed.
Before Saadu’s death, People reported that a 67-year-old doctor from South Florida, Dr. Alex Hsu, died from complications related to coronavirus. The county’s medical examiner confirmed that the doctor passed on from the novel coronavirus on March 26.
Although Alex was the first medical officer to die from COVID-19 in the region, he was the fourth person from South Florida to die from complications of the disease.
Conjoined twins Clarence and Carl Aguirre are held by their doctors (L to R) Dr. Robert Marion, Dr. James T. Goodrich and Dr. David Staffenberg, along with their mother Arlene at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York in this undated photo | Photo: Getty Images
Through a statement released by Montefiore Einstein, James was regarded as a doctor who “dedicated his life to saving children with complex neurological conditions” and a top-class act in his field.