US medics grapple with mental trauma on coronavirus frontline

'I'm never going to be the same', says emergency room doctor

Dr Anne Messman, a veteran emergency room physician in Detroit, US, knew something was wrong when she developed insomnia and became unusually irritated with people she loved.

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She began experiencing persistent sleepless nights in late March, around the time seven patients with COVID-19 died in a single nine-hour shift. But she did not think her insomnia was due to the dramatic one-day death toll.

As an ER doctor, death was no stranger to her.

Perhaps, it was