For many labs in the U.S., getting results for the coronavirus test can take between two and seven days. But last week, the Cleveland Clinic introduced a test that offers results in just eight hours. They didn’t stop there: For social distance and convenience, they’re offering a drive-through option.The Health
of a society depends heavily on health care professionals, but the profession has a problem: Burnout
. Over half of doctors and a third of nurses feel it, and the consequences are dire. When providers burn out, patients are less likely to get quality care and more likely to die. When you schedule an appointment, I’m pretty sure you don’t want to see Dr. Burnout.During a pandemic, the risks of burnout become even more acute: Medical professionals are braving high disease exposure, long hours and inadequate resources. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Cleveland Clinic has been working for years on a solution to this problem, too.The heart of burnout is emotional exhaustion — feeling so depleted and drained by your job that you have nothing left to give. In the U.S., over half of employees feel burned out at least some of the time. It doesn’t just hurt our productivity — it can harm our mental and physical health, too. There’s evidence linking burnout to weakened immune systems and even cardiovascular disease. It’s no wonder that burnout has been declared an occupational syndrome by the World Health Organization.
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