Since the COVID pandemic began, front-line healthcare workers such as doctors and nurses have served above and beyond the call of duty and have been very appropriately praised for their hard work and dedication to caring for patients, often at great risk to themselves. One thing that is often overlooked, however, is the role of "non-frontline" workers.

Consider the housekeeping staff who clean the rooms. Or the respiratory therapists who help manage the respirators. Or the maintenance workers who keep the nuts and bolts of the hospital functioning properly. Or the pharmacists who prepare the meds to treat the patients. And the list goes on. Whether it be a team, a church, or a business, each one is dependent on all parts working together to function well. Obviously, a hospital is no exception.

There are many unsung heroes in the battle against COVID. Thank God for the doctors and nurses, but also give thanks for those not on the front lines. If you see one of them, tell them that they are appreciated, too.

David C. Swanson, MD (retired)


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