Doctor: 'Don't Call Us Heroes.' Do Your Part To Save Lives : Short Wave Like many states in the Midwest, Nebraska was somewhat spared during the early days of the pandemic. But now, the state has more cases per capita than any other in the country. We talk with two Omaha doctors who say this latest surge is exhausting health care workers, and one explains why she's tired of people calling health care workers heroes.

Are you a health care worker who would like to share your experience with the Short Wave team? Email us at shortwave@npr.org.
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Nebraska Doctor: 'Don't Call Us Heroes.' Dig Deep And Do Your Part

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Nebraska Doctor: 'Don't Call Us Heroes.' Dig Deep And Do Your Part

Nebraska Doctor: 'Don't Call Us Heroes.' Dig Deep And Do Your Part

Nebraska Doctor: 'Don't Call Us Heroes.' Dig Deep And Do Your Part

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A team of health care workers intubate a COVID-19 patient at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medical Center hide caption

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A team of health care workers intubate a COVID-19 patient at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

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Like many states in the Midwest, Nebraska was somewhat spared during the early days of the pandemic. But now, the state has more cases per capita than any other in the country. We talk with two Omaha doctors who say this latest surge is exhausting health care workers, and one explains why she's tired of people calling health care workers heroes.

Are you a health care worker who would like to share your experience with the Short Wave team? Email us at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Ariela Zebede.