The coronavirus pandemic has strained the mental health of front-line health workers

On a Sunday morning in March, Lane Aiena joined his wife and two kids for family breakfast, a rare moment of normalcy amid long days working as a family physician in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

His fork rested just above a fresh stack of pancakes, poised to dig in, when Aiena received a text marking the start of the hardest week of his life: Two of his partners at his small-town Huntsville clinic had tested positive for the virus.

“Talk about a brick...