Healing Hands Survey Reveals Impact of Covid-19 on Healthcare Workers
More than Eighty Percent of Healthcare Workers Anticipate a Second Wave of COVID-19, with Almost Half Saying They Don’t Feel Prepared with Enough PPE
Rutherford, NJ, September 8, 2020 – Healing Hands today announced survey results of 1,200 U.S. healthcare workers on their perceptions and experiences around the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey revealed that 83 percent of healthcare workers anticipate a second wave of COVID-19 this fall/winter. Of that 83 percent, about half (41 percent) don’t feel prepared with enough PPE.
A potential second wave comes as healthcare workers struggle to rebound from wave 1, taking a toll on most. More than half (57 percent) of healthcare workers reconsidered their profession over the past 4-6 months, showing the true impact of how difficult it has been on the front lines. Nearly the same amount (55 percent) feel they haven’t been recognized for their work during the pandemic.
The struggle to serve the community while balancing self-care has also proven tough. While about 85 percent of healthcare workers claim self-care is a high priority, 53 percent can feel guilty making time for it – and 33 percent haven’t spent money on themselves in over two months.
Taking time to reset and recharge has become a conundrum for many. For the majority (nearly 70 percent) of respondents, their last vacation was 6+ months ago – and more than half (56 percent) don’t have a vacation planned for the rest of the year, showing signs that frontline healthcare workers are in need of respite in many ways.
“While many healthcare workers have served selflessly on the frontlines battling this pandemic, most feel guilty about putting themselves first with their own self-care and few have had the opportunity to take the time of they need to refresh,” said Healing Hands CEO, Sid Lakhani. “While they are focused on helping others, we’re focused on doing whatever we can to support them with quality workwear and much-needed PPE.”
Additionally, 78 percent of respondents admitted working during the pandemic has put a strain on their personal relationships. Over the past 4-6 months, over 60 percent of healthcare workers have exceeded a “typical” 8-hour workday – some (35 percent) working 12+ hours per day. As the holidays approach, a majority of healthcare workers (65 percent) don’t expect to see family and loved ones this season.
In an effort to give back to the healthcare community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Healing Hands has donated more than 10,000 scrubs and 20,000 masks to workers across the country.
About Healing Hands: Healing Hands is a mission-based medical uniform manufacturer. Founded in 2008 by Bansi Lakhani, Healing Hands provides healthcare workers with comfortable and fashionable scrubs made from the highest quality fabrics.