Former President Barack Obama. In a post uploaded to Twitter earlier this week, Obama took a moment to thank our country’s health professionals, who are on the frontlines of this disease.
In response to Rachel Patzer, a medical professor, Obama wrote, “We owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our health professionals and everybody who’ll be on the front lines of this pandemic for a long while. They’re giving everything. May we all model our behavior on their selflessness and sacrifice as we help each other through this.”
As the virus spreads across the United States at an unprecedented rate, it is doctors, nurses, and other health workers who play a critical role in tackling the crisis. Faced with massive shortages of medical supplies and an overburdened healthcare system, they genuinely do not have it easy.
Patzer said she has a three-week-old newborn and two young kids at home. “It pains me to wonder how many weeks will go by that he won’t get to hold our new baby or see our older kids. This is one example of the sacrifice that healthcare workers are making for our communities,” Patzer said.
In her tweet thread shared on Monday, Patzer explains that because her husband treats coronavirus patients, they decided it was best for him to separate himself from his family and “move into our garage apartment for the foreseeable future as he continues to treat patients.”
Patzer urged people to take the virus seriously and expressed how difficult it is “to see pictures of all the people at bars and restaurants, socializing, making play dates, and to ignore social distancing recommendations when I know my husband and many other healthcare workers are risking their lives to treat more sick patients.”
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 19,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. Her plea was heard by Obama, who helped amplify Patzer’s message to his 114 million followers.
Patzer added that it is difficult to see pictures of all the people at bars and restaurants, socializing, making play dates, and to ignore social distancing recommendations when I know my husband and many other health care workers are risking their lives to treat more sick patients.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization earlier this month. Killing more than 10,000 people globally, the disease continues to spread as a state, and local governments in the United States shut down schools, restaurants, bars and more to contain it.