Psychological distress to the front lines in the battle against the COVID-19

Détresse psychologique au front dans la bataille contre la COVID-19

The pandemic of COVID-19 elicits distress in health care workers and living hours of anguish to those individuals on the front line in the battle against the virus.

Each day, the number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 increases. Hospitals are increasingly busy, which puts pressure on the medical staff.

On the side of Quebec, it was decided to set up a phone line for the staff who felt the need to talk or get information. Dozens of employees have made requests for psychological help.

VAT News has obtained figures Saturday for received calls to the various resources available on the part of health workers to Quebec.

  • CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale: 57 calls
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec: 20 calls
  • University institute of cardiology and respirology of Quebec: 9 calls
  • Other resources: 5 calls

It is clear that the nurses always adapt to their new reality, a little over a month after the pandemic declaration issued by the world health Organization (WHO).

“It is sure that it is still a social situation, which is not easy, said a nurse to the region in an interview broadcast on LCN. For example, but I think it was still a good listening on the part of our superiors. It is still well supported.”

“It is really different as the atmosphere, it is certain,” said another nurse. It is the nurse from the beginning for it, in fact: help people. It continues to do so because that is our job.”

In the Face of stress related to the new coronavirus, psychologists recommend to those who are in front to speak what they live and be on the lookout for some revealing symptoms.

“Feelings of fear, déjà vu, racing thoughts uncontrollable, difficulty feeling emotions, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping; the variety is quite large. Afraid to give the disease, fear of having too, because as we see people die”, sums up a psychologist in Quebec city.

The CIUSSS in the National Capital has informed TVA News that the phone line will remain open as long as there are requests.

As of April 18, 2020, the balance sheet of the pandemic COVID-19 continued to rise in Quebec, where there were 17 521 confirmed cases and 805 deaths linked to the virus.

– According to the information of Kariane Bourassa for VAT New

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