Fears medics lives at risk as they are forced to wear trash bags and masks made from take-out boxes – The Sun
One neurologist in New York has resorted to using a plastic take-out container as a face-mask and a garbage bag on his head for safety – as more than 500 people have died from COVID-19 in the state.
A Twitter user, who goes by the name of M. Goodleaf, shared photos of a nurse and neurologist in New York, who had to take extra precautions due to limited protective resources.
M. Goodleaf tweeted Friday: "Not enough personal protective equipment for nurses/nurse assistants/physicians.
"My father is a neurologist in NY called to consult on COVID-19 patient is reduced to wearing a garbage bag on his head, a face mask made from uncle Giuseppe take out dinner stapled to a shower cap."
The man was also wearing surgical scrubs, a gown, and gloves.
"The president and governor say there is enough protective devices for health care providers??!?!! WRONG.
"PLEASE DO SOMETHING. CALL YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. DONATE SUPPLIES IF YOU HAVE THEM," M. Goodleaf said in a followup tweet.
The unidentified man wore the creative outfit into the ICU on Friday, according to M. Goodleaf.
As the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the United States surpassed 85,600 on Friday, with at least 1,300 deaths, many hospitals have been struck by an urgent shortage of personal protective equipment.
Hospital workers across the country have fallen victim to COVID-19 after treating patients for the infectious disease, often without adequate gloves, masks and other protective gear.
Kious Jordan Kelly, a 48-year old assistant nursing manager in NY died from coronavirus after treating patients while dressed in trash bags.
A shocking photo of three nurses at Mount Sinai West wearing black garbage bags as makeshift gowns circulated the internet and highlighted the severity of the problem.
The photo was captioned: "No more gowns in the whole hospital.
"No more masks and reusing the disposable ones… nurses figuring it out during Covid-19 crisis."
However, his sister, Marya Sherron, has no idea where her brother's body is after he died Tuesday – a week after contracted the deadly virus.
This comes as President Donald Trump accused the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo of "exaggerating" the state's need for coronavirus ventilators.
Trump said he doesn't think some hard-hit areas need the tens of thousands of machines requested to treat COVID-19 patients, while the Surgeon General agreed some of the numbers were "off."
New research predicted the virus could kill more than 81,000 people in the United States in the next four months and may not subside until June.
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