The struggle against the coronavirus is turning into a full-blown war, and health care professionals are on the front lines.
Because of this, our nation’s first lady took it upon herself to praise the incredible work being done by medical professionals who are risking their lives every day to protect the health and safety of the American people, Breitbart reported.
“I want to take a moment to thank the medical staff, doctors, nurses [and] first responders who are working tirelessly to help keep our country healthy [and] safe,” Melania Trump tweeted Monday. The first lady also took the opportunity to remind Americans what they can do to help prevent the spread of the disease and lessen the burden on said health care workers.
Our great country is fighting hard against the #Coronavirus. This nation is strong & ready & we will overcome. Please take action to prevent further spread. Visit https://t.co/macCwFXZiw for updated health info & updates.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 12, 2020
Waging a war
Far too little attention has been paid to the sacrifice medical professionals are making right now. During a time of need, they are all stepping up, often putting their own lives in danger to help others.
While examples are still relatively rare, health care professionals have indeed been infected during this crisis. For some reason, as we saw in the case of one doctor in Wuhan, China, COVID-19 often seems to affect health care workers more severely than laypeople.
The New York Times recently reported that a doctor in New Jersey and a doctor in Washington state have both tested positive for the virus and sadly, both are in critical condition.
The U.S. is experiencing a disturbing shortage in critical equipment needed to fight the coming flood of patients, which puts our frontline workers in further jeopardy. Because of this, President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he is invoking the Defense Production Act in order to direct private companies to increase the production of protective gear for health care workers and ventilators for patients, according to USA Today.
Thin white line
Everyone in the health care industry, especially those working at hospitals, are stretched to the limit right now.
Many of them are working 18- to 20-hour days, with no days off, in order to treat patients as quickly as possible. That being the case, their immune systems will surely be taxed due to fatigue.
For these very reasons, we need to make sure we follow the guidelines, even when in hospitals, to ensure we are not making an already bad situation worse.
As Mrs. Trump said, thank you to all the health care workers who are putting their lives on the line for us. For their sake, we should follow guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.