Russia’s coronavirus cases are spiking and the health system is struggling to keep pace
At least 169 medical staff have died in Russia, according to a memorial list created by Russian doctors, in the absence of any national official count on the number of who died or fell ill from covid-19.
The growing fissures on Russia’s health system are just one part of a crisis that is adding more than 10,000 coronavirus patients a day — catapulting Russia into second place behind the United States in terms of cases.
“I am worried of course. Everyone is concerned. It is dangerous, and no one wants to get sick,” said a sixth-year medical student, Svetlana, assigned to work as a nurse treating covid-19 patients. “We have a lot of work, lots of patients and one nurse for 40 patients.”
Stevlana, from Medical University No. 1 in Moscow, gave only her first name in fear of repercussions from the university and other authorities. She said hospital staff do not have the recommended N95 masks and have to reuse protective suits, which sometimes get holes.
[Source: Washington Post]