The transmission of COVID-19 and its psychological effects on health personnel

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Moral injury is a psychological trauma that comes with guilts. It usually happens to those who commit, cannot prevent, or see the actions they hate or condemn. A lot of experts connect moral injury with unexpected or extreme life experiences that create unforgettable psychological conflicts.

Among reports that update an increasing number of patients, a lack of medical personnel and equipment leads to physicians having to select who to get treatment. This is what most medical personnel are most fearful of. A lot of physicians share that seeing losses of life is not a big issue because they have been trained to handle death, but the main problem is the fact that they have to let patients pass away although they would have fully exercised their capabilities to save the patients in normal circumstances.

Professor Arthur Markman from the University of Texas states that medical personnel who have to dictate patients’ lives due to a lack of medical equipment are more likely to suffer from moral injury than others. Those who provide treatment by themselves that are at even more vulnerable. Majorly, the reason medical personnel commit to their career is to save lives. How would they feel when they are capable while advanced equipment are available, but they still cannot save patients’ lives?

A lot of experts express their opinions that the fight with the transmission of COVID-19 is very similar to the treatment of those injured in the war owing to the prolonged and stressful situation. Medical personnel have to encounter risks of infection and have to fight against the invisible virus, their physical and mental fatigue, a shortage of resources and an increasing number of daily deaths.-19 ทั่วโลก มีความคล้ายคลึงกับการรักษาผู้ที่ได้รับบาดเจ็บในสงครามมาก เนื่องจากสถานการณ์ที่ตึงเครียด ยาวนาน บุคลากรทางการแพทย์ต้องเผชิญกับความเสี่ยงที่จะติดโรค ต้องต่อสู้กับเชื้อไวรัสที่มองไม่เห็น ความอ่อนล้าทั้งทางด้านร่างกายและจิตใจ ความขาดแคลนของทรัพยากร และจำนวนผู้เสียชีวิตที่เพิ่มมากขึ้นทุกวัน

What can we do to help those who are front fighters against this COVID-19 pandemic? A lot of experts advise that many sectors, especially the directors of hospitals, communicate and make a correct understanding with medical personnel. So they see that that they can make a full utilisation of their knowledge and work experiences to make the best decisions under this hideous situation. Additionally, they are to be aware that their actions help relieve the situation and to be reminded that when under limited resources, it is almost impossible to treat every patient. People also should receive moral support and appreciation for their cooperation, especially for their strict compliance with the guidelines from the government, which help stop the transmission of coronavirus and also reduce burdens on our medical personnel.