“They look at us with disgust”, doctors are discriminated because people think they’re infected

Doctors and nurses say that, as they head home on public transportation, people look at them with “disgust”, because some think they may be carrying the virus.

Medical staff must deal with this every time they go home after a hard day's work.
Medical staff must deal with this every time they go home after a hard day’s work.

The director of the Nueva El Lago clinic, Andrés Martínez, is concerned that his staff will be discriminated against because of the current health emergency.

“Not because you are in a health care institution do you have to consider that the person was in contact with some kind of patient who is at risk of contagion. We do everything possible to ensure that this does not happen from an in-hospital part to the outside,” he explains.

Assistants, stretcher-bearers, nurses and doctors who work daily in hospitals suffer from this problem during the course of transport to their homes.

Many taxi drivers refuse to take them, and the cases are a little stronger when they have to deal with mass transport.

“Have you felt discriminated against lately?”

“Yes, of course. Just because we wear white uniforms, people look at us like we’re sick, like we’re infected. Even when we sit down, people stand up,” reveals Nurse Cindy Correa.

However, they have no choice but to find their way home, and the cheapest mean to do it is public transport.

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