Healthcare workers and patients don’t have the proper CDC recommended safety equipment to protect us from COVID-19. We care for patients who are infected with the COVID-19 virus every day, often with inadequate protective equipment, masks that have been reused for days or no protective equipment at all. This is not only a danger to healthcare professionals working on the front lines, but a danger to patients and their families both with and without the virus.
Healthcare workers here in the United States and in many countries around the world are contracting COVID-19 and in some cases, dying. If we, the frontline fighters in this battle, become sick and cannot work, who will replace us? Without us, what will happen to the patients and our communities who count on us?
We are calling upon you to use your power as a lawmaker to get us the basic lifesaving supplies we need!
The Defense Production Act must be invoked and used. We call on lawmakers to join together to insist the President use it to produce critically needed lifesaving masks, respirators, gowns, gloves, and ventilators and distributed based on need.
If we do not act now to supply our frontline healthcare workers with personal protective equipment, this country will be facing an unprecedented loss of life for both patients and healthcare workers. We are counting on you.