Healthcare providers in California are seeing rising levels of weariness and frustration as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, a report from the California Health Care Foundation finds. Based on a survey of more than twelve hundred healthcare workers conducted in January, the report, COVID-19 Tracking Poll, February 2021: Views from California Health Care Providers on the Front Lines (41 pages, PDF), found that a majority of respondents reported feeling frustrated (50 percent), overworked (57 percent), burned out (59 percent), or emotionally drained (68 percent) at work — with the number of workers expressing such sentiments up across the board from September levels. In addition, nine in ten (91 percent) providers said they were "frustrated by the public's behaviors and attitudes related to COVID-19, while only 62 percent expressed some level of confidence in the rollout of the vaccine — down from 75 percent in September. Providers also reported continued shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE), clinical staff, and other critical resources, with 45 percent saying that they were reusing PPE, 39 percent reporting a shortage of medical-grade N95 masks, nearly half saying their hospital or clinic did not have adequate beds (48 percent) or staff (44 percent), and 58 percent agreeing that staffing shortages are hampering their ability to respond effectively to the pandemic.
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