COVID-19’s faces of health care: Challenges faced, sacrifices made over two pandemic years
Two years ago, Michigan reported its first case of COVID-19. Nearly two weeks later, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a stay-at-home order to “flatten the curve” of daily COVID cases and deaths.
The first of several vaccines against the novel coronavirus were made available in late 2020, saving scores of lives across the globe. However, the virus mutated, and large portions of the population were not vaccinated. Several waves later, over 950,000 Americans and 32,000 Michiganders have died of COVID-19.
Through everything, the health care workers — physicians, nurses, therapists and so many more — who answered the pandemic’s initial alarm continue working to keep individuals and communities healthy.
That commitment comes with enduring waves of death and trauma, harmful misinformation and eroding public trust. Several U-M Health faculty and staff members recently reflected on their personal and professional experiences during the pandemic, sharing hardships most may not have felt or seen outside of the hospital walls.