Belgian home nurse battles on multiple fronts as coronavirus spreads

Belgian home nurse battles on multiple fronts

BELGIUM – After visiting about 20 chronically ill patients in a day, Hajar Atila, a Belgian home nurse, leaves her clothes in her garage and takes a shower before stepping into her home and cuddling her children.

The precautions, which also include a high-temperature wash for her work outfit each day, are to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus to her family.

Belgium has reported nearly 4,300 infections and 122 deaths as the disease spreads around Europe.

With hospitals discharging patients who would normally be hospitalized to free up beds for coronavirus patients, the country’s 32,000 home nurses are coming under increasing pressure. (Reuters) …[+]