During the first COVID-19 wave in New York City, first responders faced a new kind of emergency. In April 2020, an average of 200 probable COVID-19 patients died each day in their homes.
The current health situation in Los Angeles mirrors the early outbreak in NYC. At one point, the city ordered first responders not to transport patients who couldn’t be revived outside the hospital.
Between March 20 and April 5, the NYC Fire Department responded to 400% more home deaths than in 2019. EMTs and paramedics began triaging patients. The current health situation in Los Angeles mirrors the early outbreak in NYC. Hospitals are running out of oxygen. The city ordered first responders not to transport patients who couldn’t be revived outside the hospital.
After a year on the COVID-19 frontline, first responders need time and space to heal. Here at Dr. Paul’s, we give first responders everything they need to recover. Different professions bring their own difficulties for first responders. Police officers may witness more violent situations. Firefighters might be at risk of developing PTSD. In this section, we will review common mental health challenges for first responders. Let’s get started.
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