She can see fear in her colleagues’ eyes. But oncology nurse Emily Rostkowski, drafted to fight COVID-19, says they are “acting so brave.” Used to helping families say goodbye when life ends, she and other nurses at Holy Name Medical Center, a coronavirus hot spot, can only offer a gloved hand when patients lose their battle to breathe.
What of her own family? Rostkowski sleeps in her basement to avoid infecting them — a necessary precaution, as she fell ill and recovered before receiving positive test results. Three of her colleagues weren’t so lucky.
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