“When positive cases appeared at the hospital, we were afraid. We’re all susceptible to infection. But in the end, we don’t have any other choice because this is our job. And we’re not going to let people die.” These conflicting feelings of fear and a strong sense of duty are present throughout the interview with Hekmat Ismail, the head nurse at Abbasseya Chest Hospital, as she describes her 12-hour shifts treating potential COVID-19 cases while they undergo testing.

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