EMTs are quitting their jobs in droves due to COVID pandemic

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.” [ … ]

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