The COVID-19 pandemic is adding hurdles for Wisconsin residents with disabilities to find caregivers, and both are weighing tough questions about how to keep each other safe during close interactions — if that's even possible at a time when protective equipment runs scarce.
COVID-19 patients experience many symptoms: Fever, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, cough. But one of the biggest concerns for Dr. Jeff Pothof, chief quality officer at UW Health, is shortness of breath.
Mariah Clark is many things. She’s a blacksmith, a tall-ship sailor and an EMT. She’s also an emergency room nurse at UW Health in Madison, placing her on the frontlines of the pandemic in Dane County.