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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of PPE, I decided to help by producing 3D-Printed face shields for frontline workers. And now, our country desperately needs more testing to reduce the spread of the virus.
A close friend is a nurse working on the frontlines in the Emergency Department in Oakland, California. Before the Bay Area’s shelter-in place orders, she stopped living at their house due to potentially passing the virus to her father, whose health puts him at high risk of COVID-19. They had just lost their mother to cancer three years ago, and couldn’t risk losing her dad.
There are people on the frontlines of COVID-19 who still haven’t been tested or need to be retested: medical personnel, law enforcement, care home workers, essential workers, those who are still showing up to work.
As frontliners, patients, and the public, we often think:
Yes, we can be asymptomatic and still spread the virus, but how do I know I have it?
What if we catch this virus? What if we get this virus and my asthma is affected and we can’t breathe?
What if we give it to my kids or my spouse? What if we give it to our parents or grandparents who can die from this? What if we die today because of the virus?
This is why testing is important to fight COVID-19.