Paramedics are used to braving the unknown, but the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the uncertainty of their day-to-day work.
Ethan Stratman, a lieutenant and EMT at Flossmoor Fire Department, said paramedics walk into every call assuming the person could have COVID-19. They put on personal protective equipment, including N95 respirator masks, gloves and eye protection.
If the dispatcher confirms or suspects a caller has COVID-19 or lives with someone who has the virus, paramedics wear cover-all decontamination suits. Stratman said they also wear them when responding to calls in . . .