With the Covid-19: “No one has seen my smile in a long time” (+ Photos)

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By Lázaro David Najarro Pujol / Collaborator.
May, 2020.- Plastic artist and therapist Laura White enters the hospital room after a first stage of quarantine. The coronavirus continues to claim victims in the United States, but authorities urge relaxation of the isolation measures. The woman reflects. “Life here has returned to normal, except that it is not normal at all.”

It is a general concern in this environment. The digital newspaper https://us.as.com/us/ publishes: “The United States has been positioned for several weeks as the nation most affected by coronavirus, since the numbers in terms of deaths and infections place it at the epicenter at the level worldwide, something that continues to generate concern and a huge effort to try to reverse the panorama. ”

“According to the latest reports, more than 1,300,000 infections have been registered, while the number of deaths in the country of bars and stars has exceeded 82,376 so far. However, it is necessary to mention that the figures are updated with the passing of the minutes and hours. ”
“I can only go from home to work,” says Laura to herself. Laura wears a respirator mask, a plastic face shield. He is wearing a disposable hospital gown and two layers of gloves.

Only the most confused and aggressive patients remain in the healthcare center.

A sick man when seeing the woman with all that camouflage is scared and punches her. The therapist blocks the blow with the wrist.

They examine it immediately: there are no broken bones but it is sore. Despite the incident, she feels lucky to have had no fractures or major consequences.

Laura was not the only one attacked in the hospital, other staff have also been injured. They are indicated not to sedate patients, so it is not an option to minimize their aggressiveness.

The therapist treats them with affection, delicacy and love. “It is illness and dementia that cause his behavior. Who were they before this happened to them? ”She asks herself.

Laura reconsiders: “Using blankets on my face confuses them more. No one has seen my smile in a long time. ”

She communicates with patients in a tender and sweet voice. It is when several of her patients identify her. They hug her. One of them falls asleep on her shoulder.

“I shouldn’t be within 6 feet of them, but how could I get away from their need for human contact? They are terribly confused. I love my work because it is a blessing to see true humanity. ”

Every day her stress increases. The economic toughness and tension in her home hit her and the rest of the hospital staff deeply. The psychological cost of the epidemic is very high. “I thank God that I have art and relationships that I can maintain even from afar.”

The family calls her every day. When she feels the voice through the cell phone, it serves as an incentive. (Photos: https://www.infobae.com/).(Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)

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