Exhausted healthcare professionals beg the unvaccinated to get vaccinated – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — More than 10,000 Marylanders have now died of COVID-19 after a year and a half of exhausting, heartbreaking and often disheartening work by doctors, nurses and therapists on the front lines of the battle against the virus.

And they are, literally, worn out.

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“My colleagues and across the country, nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors, everyone across the spectrum, they are tired and exhausted,” said Louie Lee, critical care nurse at Shock Trauma. “They are mentally broken in a way that I don’t think anyone has had a chance to face.”

“It was tough,” said respiratory therapist Michael Gray. “A lot of people are tired and exhausted. It’s a lot to manage. »

“We’re now seeing people who are young, very young, and don’t have to die,” Lee said.

Lee and Gray treat the most seriously ill Covid patients – those who are already on a ventilator. For a year and a half they tried to save the lives of those who, if they survive, are likely to have lasting effects from the disease.

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“The sickest of the sick are not all vaccinated. I haven’t had a single vaccinated patient who was close to death,” Gray said.

The hardest part, says Lee, is knowing that further deaths could have been avoided.

“Initially seeing all the people when there were no vaccines come in and die in front of you, feeling like you can’t help them was what I think we initially thought was the right time. darker,” Lee said. “But now that the vaccine is available and we’ve started to break through and unfortunately backsliding.”

Gray had simple advice for those who are not yet vaccinated.

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“Don’t wait until it’s too late,” Gray said. “I know a lot of people want to be vaccinated once they are very sick. Do not wait.

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