Health care industry in the coronavirus pandemic


The steps to keeping safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19) are pretty widespread, and simple to follow for most. However, the health care workers are the ones most at risk and the challenges facing them are unlike anything the rest of the world faces.

According to the CDC, the steps to protect yourself are to wash your hands and avoid close contact with others. To protect others they recommend staying home or wearing a facemask if you are sick, and covering coughs and sneezes. However, those steps are under an ideal condition, and health care workers are far from it.

On a normal day at a hospital or care center, doctors and nurses have no choice but to get within 6 feet of their patients and expose themselves to susceptible situations. This problem is compounded by the fact that the entire health care industry is running extremely low on all medical supplies, including protective masks and clothes. 

Dr. Faezah A. Bux, a doctor from Kentucky told The New York Times, “There’s absolutely no way to protect myself, not only can I not protect myself, I can’t protect my patients.”

Another issue that has come with the spreading of this virus is the lack of tests. Doctors and patients alike are not able to be tested and are left in the dark when it comes to carrying this virus. Most are forced to act like they have it and distance themselves at all times.

Brittany Taylor, a healthcare worker at the University of Utah said, “The biggest challenge for myself and colleagues right now is the stress of hearing our colleagues across the country and the disasters they are experiencing and wondering if it is going to be us next.”

If you are looking to help these workers you can donate money to charities like Direct Relief and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, donate blood, and keep from buying the protective equipment that the hospitals use.

The most important thing that everyone outside of the health care industry can do is to follow those five steps, especially staying home, in order to keep from adding to the burden that is already on the medical workers.