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Fear of Covid drove many teachers to the brink, UWC study finds

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Fear of Covid drove many teachers to the brink, UWC study finds

Experts say strategies are needed to build resilience in educators, who were among the first to experience pandemic stress

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After surviving Covid-19 complications that landed her in intensive care and on a ventilator for more than three weeks, Pamela almost gave up a 25-year teaching career.

“I didn’t realise how surviving Covid-19 had affected my mental state. I developed this serious anxiety, particularly after I went back to class after about two months of not teaching,” said the primary schoolteacher, who asked that her surname not be revealed.

“I remember on my first day I had to be rushed to the doctor because I had a panic attack while teaching. I started sweating profusely and experienced intense hot flushes, even though it was in winter. I was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder...

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