Healthcare professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic risk their lives every day to save patients. They are the heroes. But, amidst the pandemic, they are dealing with their own crisis.
Many healthcare professionals are facing an imminent shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). The need for PPE is especially dire in cities bracing for or enduring surges in COVID-19 cases.
CloseUp360’s “Hoopers Meet Heroes” video series connects NBA players with healthcare professionals. In each video, a player discusses the pandemic and the PPE shortage crisis with a healthcare professional in their city.
In this video from the series, Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier chats with Dr. Olga Otter. Dr. Otter is an emergency medicine physician in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who is treating patients with COVID-19. She is a breast cancer survivor and served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy where she treated a squadron of thousands. While in the Navy, Dr. Otter was also on a team that led relief, search, and rescue missions after Hurricane Katrina.
Healthcare professionals like Dr. Otter need our help. Lack of PPE— including safety goggles, N95 masks, face shields, and gowns—is a serious concern for medical facilities. Those on the front lines need this gear to stay safe while they help patients battling this virus.
Please visit https://getusppe.org to donate.
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