Cardiac, diabetic, hep, HIVsmokers...none of those patients shut down surgeries, impact patient care and critical care services, and fatigue healthcare workers like Covid does in a surge. They don't fill up hospitals in ways that incapacitate the facility's ability to offer care for patients. Yes...many hospitals will go on diversion when they are busy with a VARIETY of patients...but this one virus can single handedly shutter services. The response of many healthcare workers is not always rooted in judgement but has everything to do with the moral injury and fatigue of the PEOPLE...the humans...with all their complex emotions and stressors and pain...who have dealt with this disease. And not all of them have the stamina to do it all over again. They have my compassion.