Health workers once saluted as heroes now get threats

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Keith Mathis holds a panic button he helped create as part of CoxHealth’s Innovation Accelerators program. Nurses and hundreds of other staff members will soon begin wearing panic buttons at a Missouri hospital where assaults on workers tripled after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sara Karnes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)

FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, a nurse works on a computer while assisting a COVID-19 patient at a hospital in Los Angeles. Across the country, doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are dealing with hostility, threats and violence from patients angry over safety rules designed to keep the virus from spreading. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press

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