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Shaking Off the Stress of COVID-19

Imagine the stress of being a health worker on duty during a deadly global pandemic.

Personal protective equipment is in short supply. The disease, COVID-19, is highly contagious and can spread quickly. Those sickest with the virus require intensive medical care, up to and including ventilation.

Health workers must cope with a lack of sleep and countless hours spent separated from their families. 

At Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, health care workers are trying to do something about all of that pent-up stress. Nurses participated in a Zumba aerobic fitness program. Dozens of nurses in blue scrubs and face masks lined up in accordance with social distancing practices on the Infectious Disease Unit grounds.

Then they began moving to the rhythm.

Zumba is a fitness system that combines moves from Latin dance and music under a number of different styles with the potential to burn hundreds of calories per session, depending on exertion.

Like most exercise, Zumba should work to reduce stress levels, reinvigorating nurses to continue their fight.

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