"We're not martyrs sacrificing our lives"

“There’s no way you’re not getting it if you are working in the emergency room with the bare minimum protection,” Matthew told NPR. He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 21 and said many of his co-workers got sick on the job.

“Some of them were in the hospital for almost a week,” he said. “Nurses carried this virus home and made their partners, kids and parents sick.”

At least 9,000 front-line nurses and other medical workers have contracted COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Federal agencies say dozens of nurses and other care providers have died…

Even then, in late February and early March, little was done to expand domestic production of personal protective equipment to supplement scarce overseas supplies. In an interview with NPR last week, the American Hospital Association’s Foster acknowledged hospitals were slow to grasp the scale of the problem.