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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Knicks’ Bobby Portis and NYC’s Dr. Jay Rahman

By April 8, 2020April 26th, 2020No Comments

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, New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis chats with Dr. Jahangir (Jay) Rahman. Dr. Rahman is an internal medicine physician in New York City. He has been testing and treating patients with early symptoms of coronavirus as they drive up to his office in their cars.

Healthcare professionals like Dr. Rahman 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.

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