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    Re: Perceptions and experiences of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK
    • Trevia Morley, student University of The Bahamas
    • Other Contributors:
      • Terry J. Campbell, Nursing Lecturer

    Dear editor,
    This response is concerning your article exploring “Perceptions and experiences of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Uk”, published in 2020. The study is both informative and intriguing as it provided thorough information on what healthcare workers experienced during the pandemic. It is interesting to me because I am a nursing student who will be on the frontlines one day and possibly face similar circumstances like this. I empathize with healthcare workers who had to withstand the atrocious conditions of this ongoing pandemic.
    According to the results in your research, healthcare workers suffered increased anxiety from fear of contracting the virus and transmitting it to loved ones, lack of testing, had limited protective equipment as well as very few guidance on properly donning personal protective equipment and having to reuse them caused significant distress. It was stated in a similar study that nurses signed up to care for patients, however, being faced with this disease has brought many fears for the nurses and their families (Rolle, 2020). Additionally, it was also conveyed in your research that nurses were redeployed back into the workforce, and graduation was fast-tracked for medical students. This is in congruence with Nagesh & Chakraborty (2020) study stating that health departments and ministries reached out to retired medical staff and those who spend more time in research, to return to clinical work and tide...

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    Re: Perception and Experience of Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the UK
    • Carlise C Archer, Student University of The Bahamas
    • Other Contributors:
      • Terry Campbell, Lecturer

    Dear Editor,
    I write in response to your article discussing the perception and experience of healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Firstly, I want to state that I found this article to be very intriguing, as I am a healthcare provider working on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic. The results of this study revealed that many healthcare workers’ concerns were geared toward the inadequate training, the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), inconsistency in guidelines, and prolonged testing of healthcare workers (HCWs). In addition, the results highlighted an increase in anxiety levels as persons fear contracting the virus and infecting their relatives.
    Having been a healthcare provider working the frontline of the pandemic, I can relate to many of the negative factors stated in the study. In addition to inadequate training, prolonged results and the shortage of PPE’s, the mental impact and increased workload has also negatively affected the healthcare team. Furthermore, the article stated that some healthcare workers were relieved of their duties as a result of workers having to be quarantined. This is common in many facilities which leaves inadequate staff on the battlefield. Consequently, the shortage of staffing aids in work-related fatigue that also impacts mental health, thereby creating a crisis within a crisis. In another research, Mehdi et al. (2020) alluded to this by stating that in addition to the burnout and occupational...

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