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Coronavirus Is Taking A Mental Toll On Frontline Workers, Experts Say

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Paramedics wearing facemasks work behind an ambulance at the Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park on March 19, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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Mental health experts are warning of the stresses faced by first responders and health care workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Not only are they worried about the people they treat and assist, but about becoming exposed to the virus and bringing it home to their families. Experts say this prolonged stress will have a lasting impact on these essential frontline workers.

"There's probably going to be people who develop psychological disorders, like depression and anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder," said Dr. Joshua Morganstein, who chairs an American Psychiatric Association committee focused on disaster and trauma.

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