DNA acknowledges the work being done, and the risks being taken, by frontline healthcare workers around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are now nearly 13 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with over 570,000 deaths, and the rate of infection is increasing.
Frontline healthcare workers are doing a heroic job in the face of this crisis, often with limited resources. By simply turning up for work, many are putting their own physical and mental health at risk.
In the USA alone, as many as 600 doctors, nurses, paramedics, healthcare support staff, janitors, administrators and nursing home workers have lost their lives to the virus in the line of duty. (The Guardian and Kaiser Health News report.)
You can help protect frontline workers by helping stop the spread of the virus
• Remember, you may be passing on the virus even if you are not sick and have no symptoms.
• Maintain physical distancing rules.
• Wear a mask in crowded public areas.
• Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser.
• Avoid casual social contacts.
• Follow the guidelines issued by your local health departments.