Nurses beg for protective gear and better planning amid coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Some nurses say they lack protective gear and protocols to keep themselves and their patients safe, according to an article on The New York Times website.

Healthcare workers are at increased risk of contracting the virus

Nurses in Washington State and California said they have had to beg for N95 masks, which are thicker than surgical masks and block out much smaller particles, according to the article.

National Nurses United, a union that represents about 150,000 nurses across the country, recently conducted an online survey. Of the 6,500 nurses who participated, 29 percent said their hospitals had a plan in place to isolate potential coronavirus patients. Sixty-three percent had access to N95 face masks, and a quarter of the respondents had access to an even more protective mask.

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