'Coronavirus Will Forever Change Bedside Care': Black Healthcare Workers Reveal Their Own Struggles to Survive a Global Pandemic
“It’s a very eerie feeling walking to the hospital. It’s quiet,” Dr. Chinyere Okpaleke, a board-certified family medicine physician in Tampa, Fla., told The Root.
“Everybody’s wearing a mask. Everybody’s just really scared.”
She continued: “It kind of reflects on how everyone is...treating their patients, because they don’t want to touch them. They want to keep their distance. It’s been a struggle to still have that caring feeling with your patients and still be on alert.
Dr. Okpaleke also stressed the importance of prioritizing her self-care during this time, because while she’s an essential worker who’s invaluable to our efforts in combating COVID-19, she’s also a human being.
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"It's easy to get caught in the panic mode with all the media outlets and uncertainty on what the future holds, but I found for me that my faith never fails me. I vowed to be intentional with my mental, physical, and spiritual health; purposely integrating my workouts with yoga, prayer, and meditation. Even with all the chaos and noise, this is an opportune time to personally slow down and embrace the process of life."