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