N.J. Nurse on Stress of Caring for COVID-19 Patients: 'I Don't Know How Much Longer We Can Do This'

“Everyone knew it,” Wang says. “People just gathered, all of the nurses that had cared for him, people that he had worked with, and his boss pushed him out of the ICU and down this long corridor where everyone was just lining up, really weeping.”

“Then, just as he was about to exit, applause broke out,” she says.

The loss led Wang to place a rare phone call from work to her husband, Peter, 47, a pastor and the father of their three children. “She was heaving, sobbing,” he says. “I just needed to hear your voice,” she told him.

“There are days I’ve said to my husband, ‘I don’t know how much longer we can do this,’ ” Wang says.


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