The cruel loneliness of death in isolation, and the enormous stress on healthcare workers (Part 1)

Covid-19 is a cruel disease. Patients face fear, loneliness and suffering while isolated from their families. But the stresses on medical staff are equally cruel, faced with not only treating patients, but also counselling them and their families – often by cellphone video links as they die – and the constant threat of themselves being infected. Professor Solomon Benatar pays tribute to healthcare workers in a two-part series.