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Constant fear, missed milestones, and showers before hugs: The coronavirus is unleashing an agonizing 'new normal' on medical workers and their families

Posted On: 3 Apr 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Constant fear, missed milestones, and showers before hugs: The coronavirus is unleashing an agonizing 'new normal' on medical workers and their families

Medical workers, whether on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic or not, tell Business Insider that they live in fear of being contaminated by COVID-19 and exposing their families to it.
This has forced people to undress in their garages, sneak into their homes via back doors, sanitize every surface they touch, and hide from children seeking hugs until after they shower.
The families of these healthcare professionals, who are committed to serving their communities and patients, are pleading with people to follow social distancing guidelines.
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When Rezwana Rahim's husband walks through the door, it usually prompts a joyous cacophony.
Laughing and yelling, "Yes! Daddy's home!" the pair's sons, 9-year-old Aidan and 2-year-old Zain rush to hug their father, who is doing his residency at a Louisiana hospital.
The coronavirus has ground that excitement to a halt - affection comes at too high a price.
"Since the first coronavirus case in our city broke out,...

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