The hazards of 'heroism' in the time of COVID-19

Medical workers pose for photos taken by coworkers as they stand with signs saying "Heroes Work Here" that have been placed outside the FutureCare Lochearn senior nursing facility where a large number of residents and staff have reportedly tested positive following a coronavirus (COVID-19) disease outbreak at the facility in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. April 17, 2020.

How does it feel to be called a hero - and who is really being served? Image: REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Robert Waldinger
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
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