Veteran emergency medical technicians and paramedics have spent decades intubating patients and performing many other medical procedures in cramped ambulances. Now, a growing number of EMS workers are exiting the field for good. The reason: COVID-19 makes the job too dangerous.
“I knew it would probably kill me if I went out there and had multiple exposures — and I’m not a chicken,” said Robert Baer, an EMT in New York City with 29 years on the job, including 23 as an instructor. “I love the job, but my doctors were telling me I shouldn’t be going in the field, that it was very dangerous.” [ … ]