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KUNC is here to keep you up-to-date on the news about COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — Colorado's response to its spread in our state and its impact on Coloradans.

Coronavirus: Nurses And Doctors

An exterior view of Harlem Hospital Center, aka NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States.
An exterior view of Harlem Hospital Center, aka NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States.

Many Americans are doing their best to avoid contact with coronavirus, but the nation’s medical professionals are putting themselves in the infection’s path to save lives and treat patients.

Some have gone into quarantine after contracting the virus due to contact with confirmed cases. Others are asking for better protections as they work, citing the need for thicker surgical masks, better virus isolation plans and more.

Protection for these medical professionals is crucial to the nation’s coronavirus response. If too many doctors, nurses and caretakers are infected and quarantined, the medical system will be put under an even greater strain.

What steps are hospitals and medical authorities taking to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19? And is it possible to completely protect healthcare workers whose job it is to be near the coronavirus? We’ll hear from those on the frontline helping patients.

 

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