My friend Will is 58 and his wife 63. She is a respiratory therapist in the South East.
Given what she does (which is an ICU role) she has been battling COVID patients since March. She herself has had asymptomatic COVID and worked throughout that period. She has antibodies.
She's a very solid, stable person. Two weeks ago, after a several weeks of making life or death decisions on who she should work with (because she and her team don't have time to deal with everyone) she had a major breakdown in the staff room. She was off for a week (in which period she couldn't decide what she wanted to eat or drink etc) and was put on strong antidepressants. She is now being phased back into work, she is desperate to return because there is no one to replace her on the shift so less people are able to get respiratory physiotherapy, which is a really effective method of treatment.
Her hospital is full and actually overflowing (in that they have an annexe which is supposed to be for major incidents but is now annexed permanently for COVID patients). So, for all those who say there is capacity within the NHS and poo poo this current outbreak, the only information I have is anecdotal from someone I trust in relation to one hospital. Her hospital is overrun enough to have driven her over the edge with the consequences of decisions she has had to make.
it also isn't looking like it's getting better soon.