The pandemic has devastated the mental health of public health workers
Caroline Brewer, a nurse with Granville Vance Public Health in North Carolina, administers a COVID-19 vaccine. - Courtesy of Granville Vance Public Health/TNS

Even as front-line health workers have been celebrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, many others working to track the virus, stem its spread and help Americans avoid infection have found themselves under siege. Those public health workers have been vilified by a portion of the public and attacked by some political leaders and media figures. They have been fired or forced from office. They have been subjected to protests — some on their own front lawns — as well as curses, threats and even, on at least one occasion, racist taunts. All that while working endless hours, sometimes in unfamiliar ro...