The Sick & the Tired

Pandemic Fatigue & the Hard Work of Compassion

Bren Ingle is a member of the National Disaster Medical System, a federally funded emergency response medical team that Lev Facher of STAT News describes as "a National Guard for healthcare." Facher shadowed Ingle's team when they were deployed to Louisiana amid a Covid-19 surge caused by the delta variant. The hospitals were short-staffed because of a combination of employees burned out or quarantined after contracting Covid-19. Ingle and her crew were assigned to the direst patients in the ICU—those that were intubated and had lost consciousness. Their job was to make sure the patients were as comfortable as possible. Ingle, who leans on her Christian faith to cope with her job, told Facher, "It's...


has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #59, Winter 2021 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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