March 25, 2020
"It’s a certain possibility. It has happened everywhere else that this virus has been a problem. We can make contingencies as best as we can but there is really no way to truly prevent it other than all the standard things,” said Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP, chief of emergency services at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden New Jersey, spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians.
There are going to be staff that get contaminated. Some of them are going to get sick and we’ll just have to adjust coverage under those circumstances… you do what you can,” he told Healthline.
Keeping healthcare workers safe while simultaneously keeping hospitals humming has proved to be, in Sacchetti’s words, “a moving target.”
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