While Americans watch COVID-19 sweep the country, three states seem to stand out from the others; Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. These states have seen the greatest impact from COVID-19 with high infection and spread rates. But what is it like on the front lines in one of these states? How are first responders dealing with the pandemic? I want to explain to you what it is like.
By Sasha J. Lefler
I am a Critical Care Paramedic in a small town. I’m also the supervisor of our county’s division. I’ve worked for the same company since 2003, and I love what I do and where I work. Sometimes, because we aren’t in big cities, it gets brushed off as we don’t experience the trauma and PTSD that first responders in the more populated areas experience. But I don’t agree. Sometimes, I think it’s worse.
By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia
Mental health disorders and addiction are some of the most pressing issues facing the public health system today. Some people are at a greater risk of developing these conditions than others, such as individuals who are exposed to traumatic events. This includes first responders; the first people to show up at the scene of a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or serious crime.