New York, NY – COVID-19 is causing concerns for doctors and nurses regarding the use and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE). The threat to physical safety and overwork is causing health care workers symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. As the troops in the front line become ill, thousands of healthcare professionals will no longer be available to provide needed services to the growing number of sick patients.
Doctors and nurses are feeling abandoned by the Federal government in their effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, Trump is blaming others for his disorganization and leadership. The lack of an adequate Federal distribution system providing needed supplies during a national crisis lays squarely on the Trump administration. While hospitals are requesting sufficient testing kits, N95 masks, respirators, and patient care beds from the feds, Trump is telling all that the governors are in charge of this war not him. Supplies are now being controlled by the market rather than the federal government resulting in price gauging and scarcity of critical items. State and local officials tell of looming shortages of critical supplies and a federal government with limited ability to support the war effort.
It’s now time for the ‘Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight’ Federal government to step up to the plate and use its emergency powers and force companies to produce life-saving devices.