Health Workers Lost On The Front Lines
America’s health care workers are dying. We need your help to ensure they are enshrined in the Health Workers Hall of Fame.
In some states, medical personnel account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend to patients in hospitals, treating them, serving them food and cleaning their rooms. Others at risk work in nursing homes or are employed as home health aides.
Currently, there are 1.2 million physician Healthcare Workers (HCWs) in the United States (US), 20% over the age of 55. Similarly, in the hospital setting, there are 2 million registered nurses, with 22% are over the age of 55 and of the 1.2 million registered nurses employed outside of the hospital, 29% are over the age of 55.
According to the CDC, older adults are at higher risk of infection and complications related to COVID-19, particularly those over the age of 65, the age group that currently comprises 8 out of 10 US deaths from COVID 19.
All ages are susceptible to COVID-19, with close contact with an infected individual. Given this assessment, physicians, nurses and other staff risk their personal health each time they tend to COVID-19 patients and this is made worse by the shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
Lack of PPE and inadequate social distancing are the two modifiable risk factors that if addressed through the implementation of enforced physical distancing, increasing the availability of PPEs, and proper guidelines would significantly reduce transmission rates and help save lives.
The following is a list of some of the live lost on the frontlines.