As the world scrambles to deal with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are praising doctors for their tireless efforts to contain the virus.
Nurses, however, have been arguably overlooked for their own work in fighting the pandemic. In New Rochelle, New York, nurses are wearing full-body hazmat suits to help people at drive-through testing sites.
In an effort to help get citizens tested, nurses are working around the clock in New Rochelle, New York, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. The nurses are manning drive-through testing sites in hazmat suits as they assist people in getting tested for the virus. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has since praised the medical professionals for their efforts.
“God bless them,” Cuomo said, according to the Inside Edition. “I marvel at their courage.”
Doctors and nurses who are treating patients with COVID-19 are currently at the frontlines in the fight against the pandemic. Governments from across the globe are even urging doctors and nurses to come out of retirement to help the cause.
According to CTV, over 10,000 retired medical professionals have responded to the Canadian government’s plea for them to join their colleagues on the frontline.
One nurse, Lisa Merck, was also part of the battle against COVID-19’s spread – but has now, unfortunately, caught it herself.
Speaking to KDVR, Merck revealed she was returning from a medical conference in Hawaii when she suddenly felt what she called “the sniffles.” On the plane back to Colorado, however, the nurse said she started experiencing aches and pains before her health deteriorated so drastically that she needed to go to the hospital.
“I felt really short of breath, I felt very fatigued,” Merck said. “Finally, on Sunday night, I told my husband, ‘I need you take me to the ER. I don’t feel well — whenever I stand, I feel like I’m going to faint.’”
Merck ultimately tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
Do you have any nurses in your family? If so, then remember to thank them for the hard work they’re doing in these trying times. Make sure you pass this along to your friends and family.
You can get more information about the developments concerning the spread of COVID-19 through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) by clicking here. You may also read the World Health Organizations’ (WHO) recommendations on staying safe amid the outbreak by clicking here.
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