Nurses weigh their principles versus safety in virus fight

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Nurses weigh their principles versus safety in virus fight

Emergency room nurse Cynthia Riemer wears a welder’s mask from a hardware store and other hospital-issued protective gear at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Nurses are supplementing their hospital PPE with items such as the welder’s mask to conserve hospital supplies.
Nurse practitioner Katharine Billipp, 38, stands with her husband, Jay Lawson, and daughter, Genevieve, outside their home in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, April 3, 2020. Billipp, who works with patients who are poor, very sick and staying in shelters, encampments or abandoned buildings amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, says, “We find ourselves on the front lines, without proper equipment, being the potential vector of disease to our underserved and most at-risk patients.”

Nurses weigh their principles versus safety in virus fight

Emergency room nurse Cynthia Riemer wears a welder’s mask from a hardware store and other hospital-issued protective gear at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Nurses are supplementing their hospital PPE with items such as the welder’s mask to conserve hospital supplies.
Nurse practitioner Katharine Billipp, 38, stands with her husband, Jay Lawson, and daughter, Genevieve, outside their home in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, April 3, 2020. Billipp, who works with patients who are poor, very sick and staying in shelters, encampments or abandoned buildings amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, says, “We find ourselves on the front lines, without proper equipment, being the potential vector of disease to our underserved and most at-risk patients.”
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