Healthcare Workers Face Coronavirus Up Close

Headline Roundup March 31st, 2020

Healthcare workers, especially doctors and nurses stationed at hospitals, have been a focus of media coverage as they deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus on the front lines. Some right-rated outlets have reported on positive outlooks provided by healthcare workers; most coverage has focused on the high contraction risk for healthcare workers, and the overall severity of the situation for workers in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Federal health officials said at Tuesday's daily White House press briefing that 100,000 to 240,000 people could die from the virus based on current projections, assuming current guidelines are followed by the public.

Healthcare Workers Face Coronavirus Up Close

From the Left
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A doctor at a major public hospital in New York City described having worn a single N95 mask, a critical tool in protection from the coronavirus, for an entire week. Normally, the Brooklyn doctor would change it after every visit with a patient. Colleague after colleague, including nurses and residents, have been falling sick with the virus. Patients were coming in for unrelated health issues and suddenly testing positive for coronavirus after coming to the hospital.

"The situation is quite horrible and they're saying we haven't hit the peak yet...

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From the Center
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Hospitals are threatening to fire health-care workers who publicize their working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic -- and have in some cases followed through.

Ming Lin, an emergency room physician in Washington state, said he was told Friday he was out of a job because he’d given an interview to a newspaper about a Facebook post detailing what he believed to be inadequate protective equipment and testing. In Chicago, a nurse was fired after emailing colleagues that she wanted to wear a more protective mask while on duty. In New...

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From the Right
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New York doctor and Fox News contributor Janette Nesheiwat said that the ongoing coronavirus crisis could be about to peak.

Taking a brief break from treating New York City hospital patients on Tuesday to speak to Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer on “Bill Hemmer Reports,” Nesheiwat said this has been her “busiest week of coronavirus patients” yet.

Hemmer played a clip of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo describing an apex range of “between seven to 21 days,” then asked what her answer would be.

Agreeing, Nesheiwat said she is...

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