COVID-19 crippled what was already an exhausted system of hospitals and public health departments, resulting in an increase in healthcare work resignations and retirements.

Hospitals are struggling to hold on to nurses and other professionals, staff are traumatized and the influx of patients feels like it’s coming out of a fire hose, doctors say.

The Covid-19 pandemic, entering its third year with 800,000 people dead in the US alone, could damage the health industry for years to come, they predict.

“It feels like you are drinking from a fire hose with no way to control that flow,” Dr. John Hick, an emergency physician at Hennepin Healthcare in Minnesota, told reporters Tuesday.

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