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Sirens, Deaths and Grief Fray the Mental Health of Virus Doctors

  • Mental health is tested amid a pandemic killing thousands
  • ‘She loved New York and she loved her work and it killed her.’
Arghavan Salles 

Arghavan Salles 

Photographer: Gaia Squarci/Bloomberg

At Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, emergency calls were a soundtrack of suffering for physician Haydee Brown.

They came over the loudspeakers several times an hour to summon help for severely ill Covid-19 patients, some of whom she might have admitted hours earlier. Each one tore at her. Then, two weeks ago, her own brother-in-law became one of the more than 17,500 people to die from the disease in New York City. Brown helped her sister arrange a memorial service and navigate backed-up funeral homes and crematoriums -- all while grieving herself.