What It's Like to Be a Healthcare Worker Away From Family While Fighting COVID-19

April 23, 2020

Luke Adams, a nurse who works in critical care, left his home in Pennslyvania to work on the coronavirus frontlines in New York City.

The critical care nurse left behind his girlfriend Abbie Hake, their 10-month-old daughter, and his 8-year-old son reported Good Morning America. Adams traveled to New York in the short-term to work in some intensive care units during the coronavirus pandemic.

"I felt like what's the point of having these skills if you don't use them when you're absolutely needed, and they are absolutely needed," Adams said.

He said he would have felt bad if he didn't step in and help those on the frontlines. Adams wanted to be a good role model for his children.

When he first traveled to the city, he thought he would be able to sleep in his car while helping out for a couple of days. Adams saw how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the Big Apple and stayed longer to help. He didn't want to travel home right away and expose his two children to the virus.

At the end of June, the nurse is hoping to return to his family after three months.

While being a nurse during this crisis, he has been on FaceTime to keep in touch with his family, but has missed a lot of important events. This shows the many sacrifices healthcare workers across the country are making as they respond to this pandemic.

"It wasn't too emotional in the beginning, and then you get to the point where you realize that you're only a few weeks into it, and you still have two months left," Adams said.

In this critical time, he has missed seeing his daughter crawling for the first time, will miss her first birthday, and will miss spending time with his family.

His girlfriend always remembers to take videos of their children so she can send them to him.

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