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At least 400 US healthcare workers have died of Covid since December
As healthcare workers in the US began lining up for their first coronavirus vaccines on 14 December, Esmeralda Campos-Loredo was already fighting for oxygen.
The 49-year-old nursing assistant and mother of two had started having breathing problems just days earlier. By the time the first of her co-workers were getting shots, she was shivering in a tent in the parking lot of a Los Angeles hospital, because no medical beds were available.
When she gasped for air, she had to wait all day for relief because there was a critical shortage of oxygen tanks. ‘It doesn’t feel worth it’: Covid-19 is pushing New York’s EMTs to the brink
Campos-Laredo died of Covid-19 on 18 December, one of at least 400 health workers identified by the Guardian/KHN’s Lost on the frontline investigation who have died since the vaccine became available in mid-December, narrowly missing the protection that might have saved their lives.
“I told her to hang in there, because they are releasing the vaccine,” said her daughter Joana Campos. “But it was just a little too late.”
In California, which became the center of the national coronavirus surge following Thanksgiving, 40% of all healthcare worker deaths came after the […]