The 'healthcare hero' narrative is gone

Early on in the pandemic, the media praised healthcare workers as heroic, but as the omicron surge wages war, six Atlanta healthcare providers say they aren't feeling like heroes anymore, the Rome News-Tribune reported Jan. 20.

Physicians and medical officers from Atlanta-area hospitals Grady Health, Piedmont Healthcare, WellStar Health System, Northeast Georgia Health System and Emory Healthcare said misinformation and omicron have taken center stage, changing the narrative and environment surrounding healthcare workers.

The healthcare industry is facing the grim reality of an overwhelmed healthcare system because of the ongoing pandemic and arguing with patients and the public about COVID-19 misinformation.

"Early in the pandemic, we had the heroes, the health heroes, and everybody was out banging on pots and pans," Robert Jansen, MD, Grady Health's chief medical officer, told the Rome News-Tribune. "Well now, healthcare doesn't feel like heroes anymore."

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