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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. and Chicago’s Nurse Katrina Tulas-Collins

By May 1, 2020May 2nd, 2020No Comments

The people on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are healthcare professionals, everyday citizens risking their lives to save those of their patients. They are the heroes right now.

In CloseUp360’s “Hoopers Meet Heroes” series, which connects NBA players with healthcare professionals on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus in their respective cities, Bulls big man Wendell Carter Jr. chatted with Katrina Tulas-Collins, an emergency room nurse at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is a Level I trauma center that focuses on critical injuries and emergencies. “It will get worse first before it actually gets better,” Katrina said of Chicago’s battle against COVID-19. Katrina is a die-hard fan of the Bulls and Duke, Wendell’s alma mater, and like Wendell, Katrina has turned to Call of Duty for a mental release during the pandemic.

Healthcare professionals like Katrina need our help. So many of them are facing an imminent shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment), especially in cities that are either bracing for or currently enduring surges in COVID-19 cases. The lack of PPE in medical facilities—including safety goggles, N95 masks, face shields and gowns—remains a serious concern in this global crisis. Those on the frontlines need this gear to stay safe and healthy while continuing to help patients who are battling this virus.

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Olivia Hart