JOSEPH WILSON and ARITZ PARRA
MADRID (AP) — By the time Patricia Núñez's cough started, she was already familiar with the dreaded dry hacking sound tormenting patients who had for weeks been filling the Madrid emergency ward where she works.
"We were fed up of hearing it at the hospital, so it was just a matter of time before I would contract it," said Núñez, a 32-year-old nurse who tested positive for the new coronavirus about a week ago.
Speaking via video call from her home, Núñez said she is eager to recover, so she can relieve overworked colleagues dealing with a rising wave of patients and dwindling numbers of healthy nurses and doctors.
"The worst thing is that you need to stay at home, worried about infecting relatives, while knowing that you are dear