By: Marcella Gomez, Eighth; Nina Janssens, Eighth; and Lucia Santos, Eighth
Reporter/Journalist: Here we are today reporting live from Channel 20 News. We’re with an epidemiologist, CDC researcher, and infectious disease doctor. How would you describe the effect that COVID-19 has had on hospitals?
Infectious Disease Doctor (IDD): Well, we’re seeing many of our doctors contracting this virus. Also, much of our supplies is depleting quickly, which is not good for either of our health professionals or patients.
Reporter/Journalist: How has the government helped you with this situation?
IDD: So far, we are currently waiting for the government’s COVID-19 Bill to go into effect, considering that these types of solutions take time. Yet, we have received grand donations from the generosity of the public to help us buy supplies such as masks, gloves, and ventilators.
Reporter/Journalist: How has the public reacted to all of this? Are they helping you in any way?
IDD: Like I said before, many hospitals are receiving donations totaling up to millions of dollars from the generosity of the public through fundraising events and other occasions. I am very proud to have seen so much support from even complete strangers online.
Reporter/Journalist: How has the virus impacted your personal/home life?
IDD: Well, I have a permanent crease from wearing an N-95 mask for 12 or more hours per shift. I rent a flat and my landlord has waived the rent for the next couple of months because I am a healthcare worker. As for my family, we have decided to only video chat with each other everyday because I do not want to risk infecting them with the virus. It has been almost 3 weeks since I have been able to see them, and it is truly a burden. However, when I receive stories from my surviving patients, it makes me want to push for one extra day.
Reporter/Journalist: Well you heard the doctor, it is a troubling time for not only patients, but also the doctors who are putting their lives on the line for our health. Let’s help doctors by staying inside and following the mandatory stay-at-home order.