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Health Care Worker Burnout: The Stress of Caring For Covid Patients & Ways to Cope


At this point in the pandemic, frontline health care workers are dealing with exhaustion and stress. They face a new onslaught of Covid-19 patients to care for, while simultaneously dealing with challenges ranging from child care to isolation and anxiety. We’ll discuss why some frontline caregivers are suffering from burnout, and how hospitals and health care facilities are helping them cope.

  This program has been edited for content.


Christine Hein, chief wellness officer, Maine Medical Center; emergency medicine physician

Angela Fileccia, social worker; manager, Healthy Life Resources, Northern Light Health

Claudia Geyer, chief for hospital medicine, Central Maine Healthcare

Michael Schmitz, emergency department physician, Southern Maine Health Care


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.