The need right now for us to show our appreciation and support for our front-line heroes during this battle to defeat the coronavirus is paramount.
And that’s why not only is Conservative News Today encouraging our readers to tell us about the coronavirus heroes in their lives, but Fox News host Tucker Carlson took time out of his show Friday to pay tribute to the countless nurses across the nations who’re working endless hours and exposing themselves to endless risk through this crisis.
He accomplished this by reading letters from some of the nurses who’re stationed at the “epicenter” of the U.S. coronavirus crisis in New York City.
Some of the letters were simply heartbreaking.
Listen, via FNC’S “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
(Source: Fox News)
“I’m currently in isolation because I was exposed to a COVID-positive patient 12 days ago. In my unit right now, we’re just wearing a regular gown, a face mask with our eyes and head exposed. We only have one thermo-scanner for our entire unit. Our isolation room is very small, about 10 by 12 feet, without any ventilation,” one letter read.
“We do the entire procedure face-to-face with the patient with just a regular mask and gown, even when they show signs and symptoms of COVID-19. I’m on my eighth day of isolation, experiencing coughing with a runny nose, pounding headaches and diarrhea.”
The letter continued with the nurse describing how she’s tried calling “the hotlines that they’re giving to the people of New York to get tested,” only to be turned down for not being sick enough.
“They just turned me down since I’m not sick enough. It terrifies me that I haven’t been tested because I’m turning 51 soon and suffer from asthma, diabetes, and hypertension,” the letter continued. “What scares me the most is what will happen to my son who has a lifelong condition if something happens to me.”
“My husband is also a healthcare worker who works for one of the biggest homecare services in New York. They are also not provided with the necessary [personal protective equipment] because it is still not mandated by the [Department of Health] for all healthcare workers to wear the proper PPE. New York City has a shortage of supplies & we are not yet at the peak. The situation here is only going to get worse.”
Whose fault is that? Left-wingers would likely argue it’s President Donald Trump’s fault, while right-wingers would likely pin the blame on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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But in reality, it’s the fault of the coronavirus itself.
“There’s about triple the usual influx of patients being wheeled into the E.R.,” a second letter read. “Many of the patients are sent home without being tested because they do not meet all the criteria. There’s always a lingering fear that someone we sent home might actually be sick.”
“The hospital is restructuring to accommodate the growing number of COVID-19 cases. Today, about 80 percent of the beds are being used for COVID-19 patients. We had 20 cases last week, and today there are over 100.”
Coronavirus cases have been rising faster in NYC than in any other locality in the country.
“There’s a lot of pressure because we nurses have a responsibility to all patients, and at the same time we fear getting sick & getting our family sick,” the letter continued. “It’s a very tense environment right now. In the past week, we’ve had a patient come in for a non-COVID related procedure. After the procedure, they told us that they were exposed prior to coming in, and sure enough, they tested positive.”
“These things make us all suspicious, all on edge all the time. The nurses were angry because we weren’t all given N95 masks until this week, and we’re told there aren’t enough. We put our names on our equipment because we have to keep reusing them. We were instructed to keep our N95 masks until they are soiled. We keep the N95 masks in bags so that we can reuse them. I’m always afraid about cross-contamination, but we’re conserving masks. It’s not ideal.”
What the second nurse wrote about having “a lingering fear that someone we sent home might actually be sick” is a major point, because it’s been shown that these accidents have been fairly ubiquitous and may have also been cataclysmically disastrous.
“Experts say aggressive diagnostic testing is essential in order to learn where and how an epidemic spreads,” CNBC reported Saturday.
“But in the critical first weeks of the outbreak in the U.S., one problem after another prevented doctors, clinics and labs around the country from testing enough people. Patients in America were being sent home as hospitals limited their use of tests to conserve supply, while other countries like South Korea found a way to test hundreds of thousands of people quickly.”
Assuming at least a portion of these patients were sent home with coronavirus, they could have likely gone to unintentionally spread it to countless other people.
But as both nurses noted, what are they to do? Supplies are low, medical staff is tired and everybody is subsisting in a living hell right now.
And that’s why we’re collecting photos to display in an online gallery to showcase the men and women who’re putting their lives on the line to help rescue the nation while their own families are at home hoping and praying for their safe (& healthy) return.
In many cases, these individuals are working seven days a week with very little sleep. Let’s all remember to say thank you.
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