US coronavirus live: CDC to look again at whether Americans should wear masks in public | US news

In spite of efforts to obtain more personal protective equipment for frontline health workers, many are still reporting anxiety-inducing shortages.

In just the latest example, an anonymous doctor posted a picture of a Yankees rain poncho she was given as personal protective equipment.

Rachel, MD

I’m a physician at a hospital in NYC and THIS IS THE “PPE” I WAS JUST HANDED for my shift. Our federal government has completely failed its health care workers. #GetUsPPE

March 31, 2020

“Coming to work is stressful,” said Jeffrey Yao, a nurse at Jacobi Medical Center’s emergency department. Yao spoke at a protest staged in front of the Bronx hospital on Sunday. “You come into work thinking ‘Are they going to have supplies for me today?’… I go home to my two kids and I’m wondering if I’m going to get them sick.”

Jamaica Gleaner

PHOTOS: Nurses at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York gather in front of the hospital’s ER entrance to demand adequate supplies of personal protective equipment to safely treat coronavirus patients. New York leads the US in the highest cases of COVID-19. (AP)

March 28, 2020

Global shortages have driven up the prices of N95 masks – some officials are reporting 10-fold. Hospitals and workers have been forced to rely on donations, GoFundMe campaigns, and some have even considered black market suppliers.


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