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Healthcare Workers: What Are You Experiencing As Battle With Coronavirus Ramps Up?




Nurses screen patients for COVID-19 virus testing at a drive-up location outside Medstar St. Mary's Hospital on March 17, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland.
Nurses screen patients for COVID-19 virus testing at a drive-up location outside Medstar St. Mary's Hospital on March 17, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland.
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Healthcare workers are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Experts are debating what best practices for workers should be, considering those in healthcare are more likely to come into contact with the contagious virus. There has also been a shortage of medical supplies, including protective masks, according to NPR. The Washington Post reports, dozens of healthcare workers have fallen ill to COVID-19. The CDC has offered some recommendations for best practices for healthcare workers, including hygiene and cleaning advice and protocols for dealing with patients who have tested positive for the virus. According to LAist, local hospitals are bracing for a surge in patients, while some healthcare workers say preparation efforts aren't enough. Some facilities have put up tents in parking garages and other hospitals are running emergency drills. Are you a healthcare worker impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? What are you experiencing and do you feel enough is being done to protect your safety? Have you had to isolate yourself from family members in order to protect them? We want to hear from you today on AirTalk. Please call 866-893-5722 to join the conversation and share your experience. 

Read Elly Yu’s full story here on LAist

Guest:

Mark Welton, M.D., chief medical officer of M Health/Fairview, a joint clinical enterprise that comprises 12 hospitals and over 150 clinics in Minnesota, as well as University of Minnesota academic medical centers; former chief of staff for Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Northern California