Experts have called the 20,506 deaths in the U.S. “an underestimation.”
The nurse was pregnant and worried. But in mid-March, early in the covid-19 crisis, a manager at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pa., assured her she would not be sent to the floor for patients infected with the deadly virus. The risks for expectant mothers were too uncertain.
Two days later, she says, the administration changed course, saying the hospital needed all hands on deck. The pregnant nurse said she was sent back and forth between the covid floor and the neonatal intensive care unit, known as the NICU, where she normally treated vulnerable newborns and recovering mothers.
It wasnt just her baby she was worried about, she said, but the immunocompromised newborns and mothers who she was treating without informing them that she was also working on the covid floor. Even as she cared for patients symptomatic of covid-19, administrators provided her with crucial protective gear only after tests came back positive, usually several days after she first attended to the infected patients.
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