Lost in translation: How language barriers can add anguish and complicate care for COVID-19 patients who don't speak English

CHICAGO — Even though Rodolfo Reyes’ partner died of COVID-19 complications more than six months ago, he still buys her flowers almost every day.Her remains are in a small off-white urn on the kitchen counter he turned into an altar. It is surrounded by some of her favorite red and white roses, and votive candles.“I think about her every single day, and I still can’t believe she is gone forever,” said Reyes in Spanish as he stared into the distance while sitting on a chair in the small dining room of the Little Village basement apartment he once shared with his life partner.Reyes promised her …

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