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Zayba Syed

Interview: Dr. Megan Ranney on Testifying Before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis

By Interviews

By Zayba Syed  The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a virtual hearing on May 21, 2020, led and moderated by Representatives James Clyburn and Steve Scalise. It featured testimonies from essential workers, including physicians, restaurant owners, grocery store workers, nurses, bus drivers, and technicians.  Scalise opened the hearing by saying, “Too many families have been unable to say goodbye. Too many Americans have lost their jobs or their business. Too many Americans and students had their education interrupted. But because of people all across the country, like the witnesses we have today, the virus has met its match….

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Faces of the Frontline: Protect Our Nurses 

By Stories From the Frontlines

By Zayba Syed, a blog writer at This week, one nurse shared her fears and the source of her strength during this pandemic. From the first week of quarantine until now, she has been reminded of her initial drive to be a nurse – “to help people achieve their best health and provide care with compassion.” Despite the generous donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) to GetUsPPE, there is still a huge shortage of PPE in our nation. This nurse and her colleagues are fighting for the equipment they need. On the Medical/Surgery floor where she works, the nurses…

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Faces of the Frontline: Meet Our Residents!

By Interviews, Stories From the Frontlines

Brown paper bags used to pack lunches or make whimsical costumes. But during the Covid-19 pandemic, brown paper bags have found a new use. Frontline healthcare workers store their most prized possession in them: their used N95 mask. That’s right, used. The systems of rationing protective gear and worse, patient care, have become all too familiar. With the flow of patients outpacing the supply of ventilators, hospital beds, and personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to care for them, physicians must face tough decisions every day to stay safe while caring for their patients. Today, we are spotlighting some of these…

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By PPE Resources

WHY PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR? Healthcare workers are highly susceptible to infections introduced through the ocular mucous membrane of the eye. Microorganisms can enter through direct contact with an infected person touching, coughing or breathing on an uninfected person’s eye. Infections can also spread through airborne particles or droplets floating or splashing into the eye. Protective eyewear is a crucial form of personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid harmful contaminants from entering the eye region. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of protective eyewear for potential exposure to viruses.  TYPES OF PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR: GOGGLES AND FACE SHIELDS…

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