Covid-19 kept families and caregivers out of hospitals. Some doctors think that shouldn’t happen again

PHILADELPHIA — On an early summer morning in North Philadelphia, Marsha El sits on a bench outside Temple University Hospital, scrolling on her phone. Inside, doctors perform a heart procedure on her husband, Timothy. Barred from being by his side due to Covid-19 visitor restrictions, Marsha, a retired insurance company branch manager, anxiously waits for a phone call with any update on his condition.

“I’m just praying that when they take him upstairs, I’m able to go up here and visit him for a while,” she says.

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