Spanish health workers expressed their concern about the increase in confirmed COVID-19 infections that could lead the country to a new wave of coronavirus cases on Thursday.
Staff from the University Hospital of Getafe and the Gregorio Marañon Hospital in Madrid spoke to Ruptly and expressed their fears of a possible worsening of the health situation in the coming weeks.
«We're tired, we're burned out because we don't have a work conditions that allow us to do our work the way it should be done, so if a new outbreak comes of course that we will fight it but it's true that all the health staff will be worn out.» said Sandra Jimenez, family medicine resident at the University Hospital of Getafe.
«Right now there's a discouragement atmostphere in the hospitals, we feel that all the work we did was in vain,» said, exhausted, Victor Aparicio, a nurse in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Getafe.
For Francisco Recio, a pediatric resident at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, the main concern is the increase in cases he has been able to detect: The outbreak started last Friday, until then we only had five patients and what we're seeing is that the number of [Coronavirus] patients is increasing,» he said.
The workers also called on the authorities to transform the good words they have spoken to health workers into concrete actions: «I think we proved our value, that we deserve that the public money is invested in public resources and not in private ones, and that we must be taken care of and protected so we can do what we love most, taking care of people,» said Aparicio.
Spain has been one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with 285,430 infections since the outbreak began and 28,443 deaths related to the disease, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.