The United States of America confirmed its first coronavirus case on the 20th day of January 2020. Its first victim was a 35-year-old man who had five days earlier returned to the U.S. from Wuhan, China. Since then, new infection cases have been confirmed in all the 50 states (Lipsitch, Swerdlow, & Finelli, 2020). Currently, the U.S. has recorded the highest number of infections, with 142,735 confirmed cases making it the new epicenter of Covid-19 after Italy. In the number of total Covid-19 deaths in the world, the U.S. is ranked sixth, with 2,489 confirmed deaths. As a result, the Trump administration declared Covid-19 a public health emergency. To help slow the spread of the virus in the U.S., stringent alleviation measures that include social distancing and home quarantine had to be imposed.
However, with all these threats and worries that the pandemic has posed to the American citizens, we will not assume recognizing heroes who have made sacrifices to help the nation deal with the epidemic. Working on the frontline are the doctors, nurses, the emergency response team, and other professionals medical officers that work day and night to help solve the problem at hand (Guarner, 2020). They are considered heroes because of their self-sacrifice and the hard work they put in to help those already infected. But despite their selfless efforts to humanity, health care workers are also facing challenges in executing their duties. This has been brought about by the increasing Covid-19 cases, and the limited supplies in doctors, medical facilities, and protective gear needed to help curb the spread of the disease. This has put a strain on health care workers, but yet still they have not given up in offering service as expected. They, however, hope that more supplies will be made available to them to ease their work and protect their health too.
The other group that should be considered important in the fight against Covid-19 are the medical volunteers who have decided to join other practitioners in the provision of services at local hospitals. Some of them have gone to the extent of participating in the collection of Covid-19 critical medical supplies to help those hospitals that are short of crucial medical equipment in the Chicago area. These donations include personal protective equipment that include masks, gloves, and gowns used by among other things which are quite important in the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 (Guarner, 2020). The supplies gathered have been distributed throughout Chicago to hospitals, nursing homes, police officers, and to all necessary departments.
Lastly the healthcare research team that has been working tirelessly since the emergence of the pandemic up to now in attempts to come up with an effective vaccine or cure for the disease. These are health professionals that have left everything else to focus on research and testing of medicines designed. Though they have not yet found a cure, the contribution of these individuals to the fight against the disease cannot be ignored. Some of them have gone to the extent of risking exposure to the disease in an attempt to properly examine the patients so as to develop appropriate medicinal therapies. This group of medical practitioners has a significant contribution to the fight against the deadly disease.
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