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Nurse Karen Lam on challenges facing the COVID pandemic and the hatred of Asians; ‘It’s heartbreaking’ – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Our frontline workers fought COVID for over a year now, and struggled with their own problems while trying to save lives.

CBS2’s Cindy Hsu has met a nurse who has been on the front lines since day 1, and now feels the need to follow her again.

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Karen Lam is the emergency room nurse at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. She kept a video diary for the worst of times COVID.

“Today was particularly difficult. There are a lot of sick patients and I feel that way, it’s difficult, ”she said in a video from April last year.

She lives with her parents in Bayside.

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“I was extremely scared to bring it home to my parents, especially my dad. He’s bigger and he’s like my whole world, ”she said.

While Karen was in her own part of the house, her father received it COVID, but recovered without the need for hospitalization.

At the same time, she is fighting to save Jacobi’s life, number of attacks against Asians starting to go up across the country.

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“Is it like, am I a healthcare hero, or am I a jaundice? Like, who am I? ” she speaks.

“Yellow Peril” is a racist term that describes Asians as a danger to the Western world.

“It’s really heartbreaking to think that anyone can look at me and see a threat. I mean I’m 5’1 ″ and 100 pounds, ”said Karen.

She and her parents felt like they had goals behind them.

“I am New Yorker born and raised and for the first time in my life I feel scared of taking the subway,” she said. “I have never experienced such anxiety while waiting for train R.”

She says people can help fight hatred and ignorance.

“If you see something, say something and educate yourself,” she said.

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Karen says she will continue to speak up and save her life.

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