No matter where they are on the frontlines, healthcare workers are regularly putting themselves at risk to do their job. In New York and New Jersey, two states among the hardest hit in the US, the risk can be even greater.
Recently, we had a chance to “sit down” (virtually, of course) with Carlo Fajardo, a paramedic serving Hudson and Bergen Counties—two major COVID-19 crisis areas in New Jersey—and discuss his personal experiences and insights.
So, what does being a paramedic entail?
Paramedics are able to provide advanced life support, so I [am able to] do anything the ER is capable of doing to save a life; intubations and other advanced airway maneuvers, IVs and other procedures which are all vital for COVID patients.
What does a day at work look like for you during the pandemic?
At the peak, it was twice the amount of calls than normal. There was an increase in [what we call] anxiety calls because it was a lot of people were receiving positive test results and becoming anxious about their symptoms. And then there’s people who [panic without experiencing] symptoms.