My name is Sarah Snow. I am currently a chief resident in internal medicine at UCLA. In my position, I provide clinical care to patients and also help oversee the training and well-being of our 150+ internal medicine residents. Patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 or a high chance of having COVID-19 are cared for by our internal medicine doctors after they go through the ER.
The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields, goggles, gowns, and gloves at hospitals nationwide is wildly strained. As we use up these supplies, we may jeopardize our own health to care for patients and risk severe personnel shortages that further strain the health system. The looming threat that either my husband (also a doctor) or I, our residents, or any other healthcare worker for that matter, will not have the protective equipment we need to care for patients has caused enormous anxiety during this already stressful time.
I am asking for your help to not only secure funding to continue to provide us with PPE, but also to preserve our hope. When Elon Musk donated a truckload of PPE to UCLA last week, I saw how this lifted the spirits of so many of our residents. This act made them feel like they could face coming in to work again, that they could face the future.
Any contribution helps. If each of you makes a $25 dollar contribution and asks a few friends to donate as well, you will help us stay safe and help us have hope.
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