Infection rates and hospital admissions still remain alarmingly high, Boris Johnson has said as much on several occasions, while the emotional toll on NHS staff is profound.
They have had little, if any, respite in the past year and, because they care so much, they are deeply affected when a patient does not pull through.
This is highlighted by compelling research by the University of Sheffield that has examined the psychological distress being suffered by NHS staff. And this can impact on the families of nurses and doctors if they’re still feeling traumatised when they complete their shift or can’t sleep because of distressed.
However this is nothing to be embarrassed of; no training could have prepared them for this disease or deaths in Covid’s second wave exceeding the first outbreak.
Yet, in another tragically poignant week when the nation remembered Captain Sir Tom Moore and celebrated the NHS staff that the incomparable fundraiser championed, it would be a fitting tribute if additional support for those treating Covid patients could be made available.
Equally, this newspaper knows that it can count on its readers, and supporters, to reach out to frontline NHS workers with warm words of affection and any practical help where appropriated. It’s probably needed more than ever. For, while the past weeks have been particularly hard for those living in lockdown, spare a thought for those on the Covid front line.
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