More than 1,000 retired health care workers have volunteered to join the fight against coronavirus in just 24 hours in New York City, as reported by Mayor Bill de Blasio in an interview with WCBS 880. The mayor also added that this bold decision is very important, and he linked it to his parents’ generation entering a war.
He said that most New Yorkers haven’t experienced what the city and the country are like in a full-scale war, and this is going to be like a war effort. He also added that his parents both served in the war effort in WWII, and he heard those stories from the youngest years of his life.
The mayor said that it’s a very different reality when the whole city, and the entire nation are in common cause, and they’re going to use every tool, every building, and every resource to get through this.
Mayor de Blasio asked earlier this week for retired health care workers to return to work, and he shared the good news a few days later: More than 1,000 New Yorkers who are retired medical personnel has volunteered to join the effort to fight coronavirus in less than 24 hours.
We believe this is very inspiring, and it’s heartwarming to see so many people coming forward to help.
Other elected officials called on “former” health care workers to rejoin the workforce last week as well, including Colorado Governor Jared Polis and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Some health care workers say that they do not have the protective equipment they need, and they have been struggling to balance providing care for the ill with the fear of exposing their families to the illness.
According to The Associated Press, de Blasio said that New York is two or three weeks away from running out of the supplies that are needed the most in their hospitals.
The lack of hospital beds has also been a concern, especially in New York City, and de Blasio said that the city is looking to convert large spaces like hotels into health care facilities or logistics staging.
Governor Cuomo said on Wednesday that President Trump agreed to send a Navy ship to New York City that will function as a hospital.
At the time of writing, there are 12,324 reported cases in New York.