Nurses, doctors, EMTs on frontline battle to protect entire U.S. healthcare system

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The U.S. is currently at war against the spread of the coronavirus. At stake is not just lives, but livelihoods.

We have no idea how many people are actually carrying the virus, how many will develop symptoms and how many may die from it.

But we do know who is on the front lines of this battle: our nurses, doctors, and first responders. As they go, so goes our entire health care system.

Per the Washington Post, “in previous outbreaks of infectious disease, and in other countries where the current pandemic arrived earlier, health-care workers have experienced a disproportionate share of infections. They have been put at risk in the United States not only by the nature of their jobs, but by shortages of protective equipment such as N95 face masks along with testing delays.”

An emergency room physician in Kirkland, WA and another in Paterson, NJ have been hospitalized in critical condition with the virus. It’s unclear whether the doctors were infected at work or in their communities.

The Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA was forced to hire 54 temporary nurses, after 160 employees were exposed to patients who tested positive and must be quarantined.

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia had to shut its intensive-care unit to new patients and close a trauma unit after a physician tested positive.

Eight firefighters in San Jose, CA have tested positive for the virus in recent days, according to news accounts. In Kirkland, WA, 42 of 100 members of the fire department and a few police officers were quarantined, some after responding to 911 calls from the Life Care Center nursing home, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

It has been difficult if not impossible to estimate how many providers across the country have been exposed to the virus or are carrying it, as no nationwide data has been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical associations or health-care worker unions.

There’s still so much we don’t know. But we do know that nurses, EMTs, and physicians represent the most important line of defense in our nation. If they are unable to provide care, no one will get care.

We’d tell you to “hug a nurse” today, but obviously that’s irresponsible, given the circumstances. But we can all give a hat tip to the health care workers on the front lines of this battle against the coronavirus.

We know our U.S. military service members are called upon to risk their lives on our behalf, and now our civilian nurses, physicians, and first responders have been called upon to literally do the same. God bless them all.

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  • Belinda Steedley

    So many are needed, God Blessyou all

  • Jennifer

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am expecting another grandson in May and I’m terrified that this may effect him being born. I will continue to pray for everyone anyone who works in the health care field. You all are amazing wonderful people to me and I believe God has given the gift to help heal people to you. Instead of running y’all stay n fight. May he bless u all

  • TN M.L.S.

    Thanks for being one of the MANY others that forget to mention the ones actually PERFORMING the HIGH RISK TESTING. You may not see us, but we’re on the frontline, too. We work around the clock the make sure the doctors get their test results as quickly as possible. Guess who has to go in and draw blood from these patients. Not nurses! Not doctors! Phlebotomists and Medical technologists do. Furthermore, guess who’s giving these patients breathing treatments… NOT NURSES AND DOCTORS. That would be your Respiratory therapists. And, guess who’s NOT performing chest X-rays. Right, nurses and doctors definitely don’t do chest X-rays. It’s all healthcare workers. It’s every day of the week and every hour of the day. Nurses and doctors aren’t the only ones running this show.

  • Kumar

    During critical situations, how military acts, during this covid-19 situation Doctors, nurses and all health workers are giving their utmost services for our survival. A big applause for them. In battle, if our military loose, we need to surrender to the won country, but in this case if the health workers lost the battle for covid-19, we loose the lives , that live in the entire country.
    Please co-operate to the nation, and co-operate to the health workers, and be the winner of the covid-19 battle.

  • Kumudakar Chitturi

    Health care personnel are living Gods. They are facing Herculean task and discharging their services with utmost dedication. I bow before the force of health care personnel. Our blessings are showered on them. Kudos dears

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