EMTs in Boston detail life on the COVID-19 front lines: ‘We’re drained’

With Boston in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, first responders in Boston, working around the clock and fanning out through the city to aid residents, said that everyone appeared to be “at a higher stress level.”

EMTs Marianne Muniz and Amalia Borges said that residents were afraid and that EMS workers faced the mental stress of trying to calm patients down and assure them that they were going to be taken care of and going to be safe.ADVERTISEMENT

“A lot of people just don’t want to get sick,” Muniz told ABC News Tuesday. “They see the high number of cases and it definitely causes an internal panic with them.”

On the front lines: Boston Emergency Medical Services

The “MVA” call brought Boston Emergency Medical Services to a scene of shattered glass, activated airbags and tire streaks on the pavement. There was a distraught woman sitting on the sidewalk by two damaged vehicles.

Blue and red flashing lights illuminated the street and washed over the cars and injured drivers. Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Leonard Shubitowski heard the motor vehicle accident call over the scanner and quickly joined his team.

EMTs, accompanied by police, jumped out of the ambulance with expert precision, moving quickly and efficiently to unload and prepare a stretcher and assess the injuries of those involved in the accident.

Boston EMS union blasts out letter over corona virus concerns as MA cases spike to 13

Members of Boston’s EMS union are blasting Faulkner Hospital for not properly informing paramedics of coronavirus testing that took place in their sub-station, leaving their workplace possibly contaminated, a letter obtained by the Herald alleges.

The flare-up comes as state health officials on Saturday reported five new cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, bringing the total to 13 cases.

“The disrespect this shows is outrageous, we are willingly putting ourselves on the front line of this crisis,” said Boston Emergency Medical Services-Boston Police Patrolman’s Association Union President Michael MacNeil.

Sixty people who attended a recent biotech conference in Boston were sent to Brigham and Women’s Hospital late Friday for testing for the coronavirus, with some also going to Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain.

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