KHN’s ‘What is health?’: A chat with the Surgeon General on health workers

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The epidemic has affected everyone, but those who work in healthcare have suffered disproportionately, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office of Conscience.

And only workers are not at risk. “If left unchecked, the health worker burnout crisis will make it harder for patients to care when they need it, increase health costs, impede our ability to prepare for subsequent public health emergencies, and exacerbate health inequalities.” The report.

The statue is the 21st Surgeon General – and also the 19th, who served under President Barack Obama before being reappointed by President Joe Biden. He has not only worked on the Kovid epidemic but also provided medical advice on the Ebola and Zika outbreaks. Murthy, however, has a special interest in mental health. While out of the office, he wrote a book on the epidemic of loneliness, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connections in an Ever Lonely World.”

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