By Hannah Ellis, Aristidas Tankus and Mikail Hashmi

Victor Lopez, a lead nurse at Cook County Hospital, was told he would be working directly with coronavirus patients.

It was February 2020.

This hard-hitting news put massive strain on Lopez and his staff. Not only was he constantly putting himself at risk for the virus, his entire work life was transformed.

“Working in the emergency room was the worst,” he said. “We closed off a section of the ER where everyone was suspected of having COVID. …

Mikail Hashmi

Communications Major at UIC

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