Every crisis has its heroes, every disaster its displays of selflessness and sacrifice. Firefighters race into burning buildings. Police officers place themselves in the line of fire. Soldiers march into war.
And now, the COVID-19 pandemic, our health-care workers, doctors and nurses who risk becoming infected themselves are making extraordinary sacrifices to care for the rest of us. They do so, most infuriatingly, even they have been put at greater risk than necessary by the avoidable shortages of masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment.
Health care workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak across the country are getting sick and dying, nurses and doctors say. Judy Wilson-Griffin, a nurse at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, died last week after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the St. Louis American. In Georgia, two health care workers who tested positive for COVID-19 died. Kious Kelly, a 48-year-old assistant nursing manager at Mount Sinai medical center, died after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The Health care workers are sounded the alarm that a lack of access to testing and personal protective equipment. It includes face masks and gloves. It left them at a high risk of getting exposed fighting the virus. If health care workers get sick, there are cascading impacts that will affect everybody else. Because doctors and nurses who keep working while infected can expose more people. In addition, if these workers go home to recover, then there are fewer of them to tend to the growing number of infections. Also, they are critically ill that needs to seek help, there will be less resources available to treat the public. The urgency of protecting health care workers needs to be prioritize. But few states are prioritizing keeping track of whether they are testing positive or dying.
Furthermore, out of the states currently leading the country for infections, California is the only one reporting on infected healthcare workers. At least 35 California health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak have already tested positive for COVID-19. A Washington state official are asking everyone confirmed with COVID-19 about their profession. In conclusion, due to incomplete information, they are not disclosing numbers at this time.
In addition, Italy has overwhelmed the country’s health care system, leading to soaring fatalities and a high number of health care worker infections that has put further strain on the country’s ability to respond.
“Things are starting to ramp up here,I suspect we’re about 5 days behind New York. Sadly, we have several residents, fellows, attendings and multiple nurses and other staff is sick.”Another nurse practitioner in Washington, DC, said that a death was recently reported in a nursing message group she’s in.
“We are starting to see our health care providers die very quickly from this virus”.“I am deeply concerned that as the lack of PPE situation worsens, we are going to lose a large portion of our medical providers,” she said.
“We faced with a pandemic where we don’t have enough people to treat the sick. In addition, the pinch point of care is no longer equipment like ventilators, but providers.”