US Doctors and Nurses Caring for Covid-19 Patients Without Masks and with Bandanas


An intensive-care nurse in Illinois was told to make a single-use mask last for five days.

An emergency room doctor in California said her colleagues had started storing dirty masks in plastic containers to use again later with different patients.

Dr. Frank McGeorge, MD

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A pediatrician in Washington State, trying to make her small stock last, has been spraying each mask with alcohol after use, until it breaks down.

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Nationwide, healthcare workers are running out of masks, gowns, disinfectant wipes and face shields. Most recently, the U.S.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that if healthcare workers run out of supplies, doctors and nurses could use bandanas and scarves to protect themselves.

A Medical Doctor using a plastic cover for filing bought at Office Depot

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“A hospital nurse in Michigan says she and her colleagues have discussed bringing in bleach to make their own disinfectant wipes.”

“A pregnant nurse in Ohio says she has no choice but to tend to critically ill patients without a specialized N95 mask. And a health care worker in Georgia has resorted to scouring local hardware stores in an effort to secure the protective masks.” READ MORE HERE

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  1. WOW! I hope all the medical staff in the US will make it through this pandemic.

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  2. Halbarbera says:

    Do you believe China is being honest reporting and treating coronavirus? No recent cases? Really?

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    1. No. In fact, there are some serious investigations going on right now about it, and about what they’ve done to the Chinese people very sad

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  3. We are going to start making masks here at our house with supplies we have. They are cotton masks but everyone can watch how to make them on YouTube. There was some news report coming out of Australia that showed workers from China buying up all masks and medical supplies from that country before Corona virus hit there and sending all those supplies back to China. Not sure what is real or not with fake stories but it is a frightening thing to realize so many countries were left helpless against a virus that started in Wuhan. I feel bad for the Chinese people who have lost their lives because the doctors in China tried to warn them as well as the world when this first started and now it is a pandemic. I fear this will cause so many people to judge and hate base of of wanting to blame someone, there are big government people to blame but little people, and regular individuals are just trying to live happy lives with their families. Now the whole world has to help each other anyway they can.

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    1. You have a great heart. The Chinese people suffered and have been suffering and now they are protesting since the quarantine was lifted because all the thousands and thousands of urns without identification. Thank you so much for helping making masks. You are a lifesaver. If we were all like you and the people helping you, the world would be a much better place to live.
      I take my hat off to you.

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  4. Linda Schaub says:

    Really amazing Martha – we have a similar issue here in Michigan, having just received FEMA aid over the weekend, after our Governor having to plead and cajole for it. Dr. Frank McGeorge is often on our local TV station giving tips (even before this health issue). Stay safe Martha.

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    1. Please, take care of yourself, Linda.

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      1. Linda Schaub says:

        Thank you Martha – I am lucky that I work from home and no one comes to the house as I live alone. I have pantry food here as I stocked up for Winter and do not have to go out for at least a month for any groceries, etc. I ordered peanuts from a bird food store and he delivered them this afternoon. Free delivery and he was my former heating/air conditioning tech and I followed the store on Facebook – he deposited the bags at the side of the house. I was not out, but I hear the next two weeks are going to be the worst so rather than go out to replenish my supply, this was a good option. I hope it is still safe to walk – very few walkers. They say not to wear a mask because of improperly removing it. I have seen a few people with wool scarves or a bandana folded in half over their nose/mouth. Michigan is very bad, especially in my county. Our walking path is 10 feet wide, so no need to walk on the grass. I do go to an allergist for Spring allergies – I am in maintenance phase, every four weeks, but allowed to go to five weeks as I’ve been on maintenance for so long (2005). I’m not due until April 13th (4 weeks) so thinking if things are very bad with all the statistics, I’ll just stay home. I take Alavert so it is not the end of the world. I hope you are able to do tele-appointments with your patients so you do not consult in person Martha – stay safe too. You are healthy from all the biking/exercise, so hopefully no worries for you coming in contact with patients.

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      2. I am glad you work at home, Linda. Are you going to keep on walking everyday? Things are getting more serious.
        I hope you don’t any problem getting your allergy maintenance treatment.
        I am definitely doing tele-medical consultations only. But there are some patients who I have to see them for physical auscultation so I follow a strict question procedure on Skype or Zoom before seeing them and if I suspect of coronavirus symptoms I referrer them to the proper hospital for medical attention .
        I do exercise and keep myself in shape. But still, this virus is vicious. It’s always better to prevent. Prevention saves lives.
        Linda, stay safe and strong!

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      3. Linda Schaub says:

        Well Martha, I am reading and listening a lot to the news, as I don’t want to risk going to the Park the next week or so when we are at peak time for this virus. Quite frankly, the more I hear, the more scared I am.
        Our State Police Information Officer had a Skype chat with the news station today – he said “don’t go out joy riding on a motorcycle or a car, just go out for essential items and get back home.” His reasoning was if you get in an accident, first responders, a tow truck driver and maybe a hospital worker must interact with you. I don’t have to drive to the Park, but would give the car a run and at that, I would not go to the bigger parks as that would be “joyriding” – most of those Metroparks are out in rural areas, yet they are encouraging us to hike/bike/walk/run in the Metroparks. I plan to still go walk, but not speak to anyone while there – they don’t encourage masking up or using gloves unless going to a store. But I am mindful of it – I may stop for the next few weeks and just walk in the neighborhood where no one seems to be out. I saw this on Facebook and Googled around and found it on Instagram – I was able to access it and hope you can too – pretty good idea for casual protection, not for you as you must meet patients who may be carriers of the virus. You stay safe and strong too Martha – will you continue to ride your bike and/or exercise during this peak period coming up – I guess if you are alone, it is not problematic.

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      4. I actually don’t bike right now, Linda. Running and cycling could be dangerous, because of speed. See, have you noticed that when it sprinkles and you are driving a car at 10 or 20 miles per hour the drops of rain are not that many, and when you speed up then your windchill glass gets wetter?
        I absolutely think that if we run or bicycle, even with a facemask, the risk is greater, the force the droplets with the virus if somebody coughs when I go by would enter easier and faster. No, definitely not bicycling at the moment. And I don’t like it indoors.
        Be safe out there, Linda. And don’t walk fast, wear your mask, gloves, don’t touch your face. Or maybe stay indoors. This virus is new and all doctors contradict each other. We all are learning as days go by.

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      5. Linda Schaub says:

        Thank you Martha – I decided after reading what you said and other stories on social media that I should wear a mask going forward – I have been wearing gloves and that’s because it’s been cold here in Michigan. However, it was 60 this morning and a little warm for what I had on (heavy coat, hat and wool gloves. I’m used to dressing for Winter).
        I never do walk fast so that is good, but today as I walked home through the neighborhood, I went to a street where a young girl always does chalk art. She did not disappoint – she had done some nice moving chalk art and I took pictures. Put the camera (it’s a digital compact) back into my pocket and I had removed my gloves to take the pictures … but it dawned on me that holding the camera up to my face, whether it’s the small camera, or the DSLR which I use on weekends, was not a particularly smart idea. I never touch my face – I’m a bit of a germaphobe to begin with, especially in Winter. I’m thinking with the mask on, not good to take pictures.
        I am going to be using up some of my pictures that I never got to use over the Winter (enough for about 10 posts at least) and step back from pics for about a month.
        I suppose if I’m walking through the neighborhood it would be okay, but not in a setting where there are people (although there are very few people there). It’s unfortunate – but I can still write and just use stock photos when mine run out … the media is mixed on mask versus no mask, and I want to err on the side of caution. Thank you for your explanation and good advice Martha. Perhaps as you say, I should just stay indoors for the next three weeks and forego a walk – that is not the end of the world – that’s for sure. I have a bike in the basement too – I used to do 20 miles each evening when I was younger, but I only use it when Winter is bad and I can’t walk. We had a very mild Winter – I will be grateful for that chance to eventually get out and do so safely.

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