Doctors and nurses have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms with frightening stories about reusing single-use masks, and dashing to work on COVID-19 patients without the proper protections, but adding to that frustration is the President’s refusal to acknowledge there is an issue.
In fact, despite on-the-ground accounts and a new watchdog report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, Trump has been quoted as saying that the information is wrong, and doubting that experts need higher numbers of equipment such as the life-saving ventilators.
By now, the PPE shortage is something of a national scandal, Up North News reports. Saying that there have been countless news reports about the shortages and how they’re impairing hospitals’ abilities to treat patients. The new survey, they report, underscores the severity of the problem.
“Hospitals reported that widespread shortages of PPE put staff and patients at risk,” Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm wrote in the latest report. “Hospitals reported that heavier use of PPE than normal was contributing to the shortage and that the lack of a robust supply chain was delaying or preventing them from restocking PPE needed to protect staff.”
At the national level, her report seems to be falling on deaf ears.
Read more about the impact of equipment shortages on hospitals here.