Hospitals Are Stockpiling Suppliers Amid Fears a Coronavirus-Related Mask Shortage Could Endanger Healthcare Providers

February 8, 2020

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'Healthcare workers are at risk'

Dr. Jon Mark Hirshon, a professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at University of Maryland School of Medicine and Medical Center, told Business Insider that healthcare employees are always especially at risk during a pandemic.

"It's critically important that we protect our healthcare workers," Hirshon, who is also a board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians advocacy group, said. "Our healthcare workers are at risk from many things, including violence from patients, exposure to diseases, stuff like that. So we have to pay attention to that and make sure that we protect the people who are the frontline providers for many patients."

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