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ABC News 1 Apr 2020

Health workers facing grim life-and-death decisions

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A cancer survivor said an oncologist told her that in the event of a surge, she should try to avoid the ER for her own safety.


The world's healthcare workers are dealing with death and disease on a daily basis, risking their own health at the same time. They are on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, testing the limits of human endurance. And not always with the level of protection that they need, but exposed to coronavirus or even dying of Covid-19 in many cases, making the ultimate sacrifice.
After the struggle to contain the pandemic, what will it mean for healthcare systems and the people who run them?
In this global pandemic, the world's healthcare workers have taken a massive load of responsibility on their shoulders. Hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers have been infected. There's no official global death toll, because data has not been systematically collected. But more than a thousand doctors and nurses around the world are known to have died from COVID-19. We look at the situation of those who are fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazil has announced almost another 40,000 cases and more than 1,000 deaths over the past 24 hours.
President Jair Bolsonaro has said that he may have had the virus, even though he tested negative.
Healthcare workers are struggling to control the spread of COVID-19 in rural areas.
Al Jazeera's Manuel Rapalo reports.
An anti-malaria drug made famous by US President Donald Trump will now be trialled on front-line health workers in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
This comes as many European nations are trying to navigate a way out of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Al Jazeera's Assed Baig reports.

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