Haunted by infection: Egypt’s doctors face COVID-19 without protective equipment

Dalia* is a cardiologist in her thirties who works at a major public hospital administered by the east Cairo division of the General Authority for Health Insurance. In 2015, she fell sick with a bacterial infection rarely seen outside of those who are immunocompromised or work in places of high exposure to bacteria, like healthcare facilities. 

“I understand that I’m always prone to infection because adequate protective measures are not in place,” she says. It is an awareness that enables her to manage her fear of contracting the novel coronavirus, COVID⁠-19.

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