Throughout the outbreak of COVID-19, our scholars have been working on the frontlines, protecting their communities from this global threat. We are so proud of their work educating the villagers about COVID-19 and keeping them healthy. Patcharapon, a public health worker in Mae Sariang, has provided us with a statement detailing how COVID-19 has impacted her and her work as a healthcare provider.
The COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse in my hometown because there are many villagers infected with COVID-19. I have a responsibility to locate and seclude high-risk patients who are susceptible to contracting and spreading the virus. My responsibility is dangerous because I have to wear personal protective equipment that is both hot and airless in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Moreover, I have to take care of the COVID-19 vaccination to ensure everyone in the area is fully vaccinated. Convincing people to get the COVID-19 vaccine is difficult because many of them are worried about the potential side effects after receiving the vaccine.
Working during the COVID-19 pandemic is tiresome, risky, and full of paranoia. However, I am not discouraged because I have hope that the situation will get better soon.
Public health worker