Health care workers across the country have forced to improvise due to widespread shortages of personal protective equipment amid the pandemic. N95 masks filter out about 95 percent of airborne particles, including those too small to be stopped by regular covers. Ten nurses have been suspended from their jobs at a Santa Monica, California, hospital after refusing to care for COVID-19 patients without being provided protective N95 face masks. “It’s no secret there is a national shortage,” said the statement.
The hospital would not comment on the suspended nurse. Mike Gulick, who is one of the suspended nurses, told the Associated Press he is meticulous about not bringing the virus home to his wife and 2-year-old daughter. The administrators at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica told nurses N95 masks weren’t necessary and didn’t provide them.
In California, where ten nurses have tested positive for the new corona virus, which causes COVID-19. They are among hundreds of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers across the country who say they’ve asked to work without adequate protection.
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don’t require N95 masks for COVID-19 caregivers, but many hospitals are opting for the added protection because the infection has proven to be extremely contagious. The CDC said Wednesday at least 9,200 health care workers had infected. To know more health news click here.
Angela Gatdula, a Saint John’s nurse who fell ill with COVID-19, said she asked hospital managers why doctors were wearing N95s, but nurses weren’t. They told her that the CDC said surgical masks were enough to keep her safe. Then she was hit with a dry cough, severe body aches, and joint pain. “When I got the phone call that I was positive, I got terrified,” she said. She’s now recovering and plans to return to work next week. Some exasperated health care workers have complained to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about their inconsistency.