Working with COVID-19 as a healthcare worker

Posted at 6:38 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 08:10:57-04

CINCINNATI — People know that healthcare workers are making a lot of sacrifices right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one doctor pulled the curtain back on what it's like to work everyday with the virus.

Dr. Holly Danneman works at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in inpatient medicine and on the COVID-19 hospice unit. She said the hospital provides her and other workers with personal protective equipment, but the realities of working with COVID-19 are still present.

Dr. Holly Danneman

"We know from national statistics that healthcare providers are at a much higher risk of getting this virus, about 15% as opposed to the normal population," Danneman said.

She said most of the healthcare workers are aware of this statistic, so they have been making preparations for what to do if they contract the virus in order to keep their families safe.

One option Danneman has looked into is renting another living space.

"I can't imagine bringing this home to my kids," Danneman said. "I'm trying to think of creative ways to isolate myself without exposing my children and my family."

While Danneman prepares for contracting the virus herself, she said seeing her coworkers test positive for COVID-19 can be hard.

"It really hits home," Danneman said. "I love my profession, and I love my patients dearly, but when I'm starting to see my co-workers who I consider family hit by this, it hits home even more."