A local health care worker talks about keeping her family safe during COVID-19 pandemic

The rise in coronavirus cases creates anxiety among doctors and other healthcare workers who worry they might carry the virus home to their families.

Posted: Apr 22, 2020 11:23 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2020 2:00 PM

Dr. Sara Giorgi is an anesthesiologist at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.

"I work in the operating room mostly and with the present state of affairs, we're also working throughout the hospital, taking care of some additional needs with intubating patients and trying to limit everyone's exposure as much as possible," Giorgi said.

Giorgi knew the risk she was taking when she became a doctor. She also knows that if she's exposed to the coronavirus, her family could be too.

"We face those things all the time but it's different when you know it's something you could bring home to your family because they didn't necessarily sign up for that," Giorgi said.

When she is at work, Giorgi is thinking about her patients, but she is always thinking about her family. That's why she is taking extra steps to protect her 12-year-old daughter and her husband.

"When I get home, I take my clothes off and put them directly into the washing machine, take a shower first thing before we do anything," Giorgi said. "I've also become more aware of the things that I take to work and bring home with me that you may not even think about like your watch, any jewelry, your phone. I bring a bag back and forth to work so as soon as I get in the house that gets wiped down completely."

Giorgi's husband is also an essential worker. He says he's not on the front lines like his wife, but he still takes the same precautions.

"I'm not as much risk as Sara is, but still keeping the same precautions to not let it inside the home," Ben Giorgi said. "I feel confident in our families health and safety plan."

They consider themselves luckily because their family isn't in the high risk category.

"We're all under the age that's considered to be dangerous, none of us have any underlying conditions so that's a little piece of mind," Giorgi said.

Giorgi says she knows it's hard, but it's important to stay positive and follow the guidelines to help stop the spread.

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