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New book: Staff from corona-hit old people's home speak out

They were right in the middle of things when the pandemic hit Kristianstad. In their book ”Dancing with Corona” the staff at Östergård 2 write about the ”corona spring” of 2020, of fear, feelings of guilt and pressure from the media.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 7 september 2021 • Uppdaterad 7 september 2021
Spring 2020 was a difficult time for the staff at Östergård 2. The book takes the reader through 47 demanding days when the infection was raging in the old people's home.
Spring 2020 was a difficult time for the staff at Östergård 2. The book takes the reader through 47 demanding days when the infection was raging in the old people's home.
Foto: Privat

Östergård in Kristianstad was the first old people's home in Skåne to be hit by a comprehensive covid-19 infection. The illness was new, little was known about it.

”We were made the scapegoats”
Jennie Lind, assistant nurse

– The hardest thing was the fear. My family was very worried about me and didn't want me to go to my work, says Ajshe Zeka, the assistant nurse on the front cover.

On the first page of the book it says, ”We started something that could be compared to a dance, with the corona virus as our clinging and highly undesirable partner”.

The staff at Östergård 2 had to work extremely hard when the covid-19 infection was becoming widespread in the spring of 2020. ”We did it. Now we're happy”, says one of them today.
The staff at Östergård 2 had to work extremely hard when the covid-19 infection was becoming widespread in the spring of 2020. ”We did it. Now we're happy”, says one of them today.
Foto: Linn Jönsson
”The hardest thing was the fear. My family was very worried about me and didn't want me to go to my work”, says assistant nurse Ajshe Zeka, whose photo is on the front cover of the book.
”The hardest thing was the fear. My family was very worried about me and didn't want me to go to my work”, says assistant nurse Ajshe Zeka, whose photo is on the front cover of the book.
Foto: Linn Jönsson

In March 2020 there were 22 residents at Östergård 2, of whom 14 became infected by covid-19. Seven of them died. Many of the staff fell ill.

Hardest to put up with were wild speculations from the public and close scrutiny from the media.

”Now our reputation can be restored. The public will get to know everything we did out of the limelight”
Gunilla Andersson, assistant nurse
The book contains quotes from the 30 or so assistant nurses and nurse's assistants who were working during the crisis. The book was released in July.
The book contains quotes from the 30 or so assistant nurses and nurse's assistants who were working during the crisis. The book was released in July.
Foto: Privat

– Being at work was better than being at home. There at least you didn't have to think about everything in the media and on Facebook. We were made the scapegoats, says assistant nurse Jennie Lind.

– Now our reputation can be restored. The public will get to know everything we did out of the limelight, says assistant nurse Gunilla Andersson.

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