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Help for health care workers facing stresses on the job

MADISON (WKOW) — As some communities begin to return to normal, we’ll still be fighting COVID-19 for months and the stress over the virus hasn’t gone away.

An April poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found one in five adults believes the ongoing crisis has had a negative impact on their mental health.

Health care workers are seeing how it impacts patients every day, working harder than ever right now to keep everyone safe.

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"When these COVID patients are the ICU they’re very, very sick," said SSM Health respiratory therapist Kristie Reilly. "You’re with them a lot. They’re very tenuous. Simple things like repositioning their head can make their blood pressure drop, can make their oxygen saturation drop."

That kind of pressure can add to the stresses for these essential workers. Plus, the fears of the virus itself.

"Not that I didn’t think about what I was going to bring home to my family [before the pandemic], but now it’s definitely on my mind," Reilly told 27 News. "As soon as I get home, before my kids can talk to me, before my husband talks to me, I take everything off and I take a shower, wash my hair, just to make sure that […]

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