Coming Together in Times of Crisis
COVID-19 Pandemic Has Underscored Need for Palliative Care
By Jennifer Moore Ballentine
When I wrote a blog on the role of palliative care in the unfolding pandemic on March 11, the U.S. had confirmed 1,281 cases of COVID-19 and 36 deaths from the virus; today, a little over 2 months later, we have confirmed more than 1.5 million cases and are on track to hit 100,000 deaths by June 1.
Through it all, palliative care has been front and center.
All aspects of living and dying and caregiving and grieving have been upended and turned inside out in just these few weeks. Within days of my writing the blog, our staff dispersed to remote work, learning to juggle the already huge demands of our work with homeschooling, caregiving, and the high anxiety attached to every sniffle and every trip to the grocery store.