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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Nuggets’ Monte Morris and Denver’s Dr. Richard Zane

By May 4, 2020May 5th, 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, Nuggets guard Monte Morris chatted with Dr. Richard Zane, the chief innovation officer at UCHealth. Dr. Zane discussed how the coronavirus in Denver has reached its “plateau” and the city is at a “crucial juncture,” where if social distancing practices don’t continue, its residents may be in “big trouble.” Monte shared how he’s spending the quarantine by going to a private gym with his trainer, and said the toughest adjustment will be relearning the team’s play calls after being away from game action.

Healthcare professionals like Dr. Zane 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