Up close and personal with death: my two weeks working in a Covid ward

My practice allowed me to avoid a confrontation with mortality until the peak of the second wave

31 January 2021 - 16:10 By Estie Meyer

I am an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, and since specialising in 2009 I have only worked with a certain part of the body, seen little blood and even less death. I work in a tertiary hospital and, when the second wave hit the province I live in, we were asked to help out in the medical wards. I was very scared, because I was not sure if I could remember anything about normal medicine and worried that I could be more of a risk to the patients than a help. Of course, I was also concerned about getting Covid-19 myself. ..

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