Home health care workers worry as they care for clients amid coronavirus outbreak

April 3, 2020

When Camilla decided to study nursing at Concorde Career College in Denver, she did so because she wanted to help people recover from illnesses. She never imagined she’d be confronted with a global pandemic like COVID-19.

“It’s a little terrifying for most of us because no one really knows how, not exactly how, it’s spread,” she said. “That’s not something you think about these days. I probably should have, but it was definitely not something I imagined and it’s not something that they brought up in class.”

The 36-year-old home health care nurse is employed by a health care provider in San Diego and spends her work days traveling to patients homes, about five per day. She performs duties on-site that can be done outside clinics or hospitals, such as wound care, teaching patients how to take medications and changing catheters.

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