New York Nurses Wear Garbage Bags To Protect Themselves Against Coronavirus Due To Protective Gear Shortage
Nurses across the United States have resorted to donning garbages bags as a protective gear against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Nurses at Mount Sinai West in Manhattan were among the first to adopt the use of bags, and photos of the workers splashed across the city tabloids this week.
A photo posted to Facebook shows three nurses at Mount Sinai West wearing black garbage bags as makeshift protective gowns.
The pictures had been uploaded to social media by the nurses, but Mount Sinai has called on them to delete the photos.
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Nurses at Mount Sinai West in Queens, are being forced to wear trash bags due to the lack of protective gear there. “NO MORE GOWNS IN THE WHOLE HOSPITAL,” the caption reads. “NO MORE MASKS AND REUSING THE DISPOSABLE ONES…NURSES FIGURING IT OUT DURING COVID-19 CRISIS.” The caption includes such hashtags as #heftytotherescue, #riskingourlivestosaveyours and #pleasedonateppe, with the “ppe” referring to “personal protective equipment.” #coronavirus #COVID19 #nyc #newyorkcity #queens #elmhurst #heaftybags
Mount Sinai assistant nursing manager, Kious Kelly, 48, died from the coronavirus Tuesday. Many at the hospital blamed the lack protective gear for his death.
Mount Sinai’s flagship hospital admitted him on the Upper East Side branch on March 17.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff. Today, we lost another hero – a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless caregiver. pic.twitter.com/mn9JethD1x
— Mount Sinai Health System (@MountSinaiNYC) March 26, 2020