Mayo Clinic respiratory therapist shares experience of being on the front lines of COVID-19

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 01, 2020 10:37 PM
Created: December 01, 2020 06:59 PM

Front line workers have seen with their own eyes the impact COVID-19 has had on everyone. Mayo Clinic front line workers shared insight on what it has been like to be on the front lines of this pandemic in a virtual meeting Tuesday.

One of the front line workers who shared her insight is from Duluth. Desirae Cogswell is a respiratory therapist in the medical intensive care unit in the Rochester clinic. She said it has been overwhelming but said they do the best they can everyday to keep up and care for patients.

"With this virus we are seeing people from admission all the way until discharge and hopefully recovery but also death and that is something we definitely take home with us and wears on us emotionally," said Cogswell.

Cogswell works with a team of over 200 respiratory therapists and said they are a family and have supported one another during these difficult times.

She said she is proud of the work they do everyday and said the pandemic helped shed some light on the vital role respiratory therapists have in hospitals.


Alejandra Palacios

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