Reuters April 8, 2020
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17-year veteran paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician, Anthony Almojera, describes to Reuters what it has been like:
"I don't know if any of us will ever be the same after this and that's something we're going to have to manage. There is going to be a lot of trauma from this for the medics and the EMTs who have seen this all, you know, unfold, you know, firsthand, being on the front line."
Almojera said that his colleagues are finding it hard to deal with being unable to hug and comfort people, for fear of being infected.
"Normally we can get closer to people, you know, I can put my hand on their shoulder or provide comfort or the medics and the EMTs do that, you know, comfort the living when we can't save someone, but during this pandemic we have to keep our distances...It doesn't allow us to get personal like we used to and that takes its toll too because you want to be there for people."
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