‘We are absolutely destroyed’: Health workers facing burnout, even as COVID levels ease

Dr. Laura Havrilak was seized with a feeling of extreme nervousness so that she could not concentrate, could not sleep.

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This time, it was not because of the faces of the many patients he has seen take his last breath in the intensive care unit at Toronto Western Hospital, where he has spent the past two and a half years treating waves of COVID-19. -19 cases. This time, there was a time limit to keep him awake.

He was asked by a colleague to edit some teaching material. A routine task for him at any time. But suddenly, he started to realize that the pandemic had put a heavy burden on him.


“The feeling of extreme anxiety of being asked to do another task was a near feeling of panic that I had never felt before,” she said.

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The episode made Horlick realize that he would have to back down from some of his commitments. It was not an easy decision, but the jealousy she felt was immense.

“I had to give up on some projects that I love to…