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American Health Workers Enraged!

  • Wall Street Rebel | James DiGeorgia
  • 05/15/2020 4:58 PM
American Health Workers Enraged!

Saying it’s ‘Beautiful’ to watch health workers ‘Running into Death’ as the death toll in the United States from coronavirus pandemic surges over 88,000 today, on its way to over 100,000 by May 31st and 350,000 by Election Day.

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President Donald Trump, on Thursday, standing in front of a row of stacked boxes of medical supplies, was quoted as saying that frontline nurses and doctors “running into death just like soldiers run into bullets” is “a beautiful thing to see.”

Trump has been yet to be convinced that referring to healthcare workers as warriors are WRONG.  It only serves to make him and his Kakistocracy of an Administration’s inability to provide adequate personal protective equipment and ensure strict workplace safety standards to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 a bigger problem. It like sending a police officer into a dangerous situation with no body protection and no weapon to defend himself. That’s no warrior, that collateral damage.

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Who sends troops into battle without the right equipment and support? This wartime president does and then denies there’s still a massive logistics problem even though he is setting the stage for a much worse second and even third wave of the pandemic. Eisenhower would grimace at sending troops into harm's way without a comprehensive strategy and full understanding of your opponent.

Trump’s speech yesterday at Owens & Minor, Inc. Distribution Center, a medical equipment distribution center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, said…

“They are warriors, aren’t they?”

Then his speech descended into a rambling dementia dripping mishmash that lost all semblance of sanity… 

 “When you see them going into those hospitals and they’re putting the stuff that you deliver, but they’re wrapping themselves, and the doors are opening, and they’re going through the doors, and they’re not even ready to go through those doors. They probably shouldn’t.”

 “They’re running into death just like soldiers run into bullets, in a true sense,” the president continued…I see that with the doctors and the nurses and so many other people. They go into those hospitals; it’s incredible to see. It’s a beautiful thing to see. But I call them ‘warriors.’ We’re all warriors; everyone in our country is a warrior.”

President Trump’s speech sent medical professionals across the country into a frenzy of criticism.  His appalling glorification of the dangerous and sometimes deadly risks they are taking to fulfill their jobs is not a presidential comment, Roosevelt would make.   We are dangerously relaxing the rules of distancing and sending our workforce into harm's way.  Then we are then telling these front line medical heroes to handle the deadly mess, do your job and save lives.

President Trump has completely failed to take the needed action to guarantee that all healthcare workers have sufficient protective equipment to care for those infected during this pandemic. He would receive a “Your Fired” response if you did this as a contestant on the Apprentice.

For his part, President Trump has repeatedly dismissed and continues to dismiss reports of PPE shortages at hospitals and nursing homes across the country as “fake news.”

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When one nurse said during an Oval Office visit earlier this month that PPE supplies have been “sporadic” at her workplace, the president quickly contradicted her, saying…

 “Sporadic for you, but not sporadic for a lot of other people.”

Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency care physician and executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare, called Trump’s comments “a sick and twisted sentiment”….

“Donald Trump should be ashamed to suggest that we healthcare workers ‘running into death’ is beautiful,” Davidson tweeted. Death is not beautiful. Inadequate PPE is not beautiful. He should use the [Defense Production Act] to ensure an abundant supply of PPE and tests.”

Dr. Rich Besser, a pediatrician, and public health expert, during an appearance on CNN, said …

 “What strikes me as not a beautiful thing is that we are sending essential workers into what would be battle… and we’re not giving them the gear that we would give any other soldier.”

Besser added about the president’s comments…

“What he’s saying is, ‘We don’t care. We don’t care about protecting people’s lives… Healthcare workers who are working without proper protective equipment, having to reuse masks, there’s nothing beautiful about that.”

Social media is swamped with reactions to Trump’s repeatedly describing healthcare workers as “heroes” and “warriors.”  In recent days, nurses, physicians, and medical support staff say they feel more like martyrs as they’re left to carry out their life-saving work with inadequate masks, gloves, and other essential gear. One registered nurse said during an April 21 protest outside the White House...

“We’re feeling like we’re being left on the battlefield with nothing,”

Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, told CNN in an interview last week…

 “You talk about how essential, how needed, how grateful you are, and yet you throw us to the wolves, you throw us out onto a battlefield without armor.”

report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month found that more than 9,000 healthcare workers in the U.S. had already been infected with COVID-19.  Twenty-seven had died, and a number the CDC acknowledged at the time was likely significantly under counted.

Bonnie Castillo, executive director of National Nurses United (NNU), wrote in an op-ed for Business Insider this week…

“More than 100 registered nurses in the U.S. have been killed by COVID-19, including six NNU members. We demand our employers and government stop calling us ‘heroes,’ and instead act to protect our lives, “Platitudes are meaningless—and even insulting—without protections.”

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