The US Nurses who returned to the White House to read the names of their colleagues killed by Covid-19, displayed over 80 pairs of empty white shoes placed on the ground, each representing a life lost.
The shoes were displayed at a protest outside the White House in honor of the health-care workers who died due to the virus outbreak.
According to report, there were 45 names on of health-care workers on the list as at first time the nurses came to read the names of health-care workers who died from the pandemic two weeks ago. On their returned yesterday Thusday, the list had nearly doubled.
The nurses lined the red brick walkway that runs through Lafayette Square with empty white shoes, Nurses’ shoes.
Stephanie Sims, who is a registered nurse from the District said;
“We ask you to imagine the nurse who would have walked in these shoes. Know that these shoes stand for someone who woke up in the morning — or maybe in the afternoon or the middle of the night — who pulled on their scrubs, kissed their children or other loved ones goodbye and headed to work, knowing they were walking into danger.”
Nurses who were present in front of White House to read names of their colleagues killed by coronavirus said they were there to honor their colleagues in celebration of National Nurses Week and bring their continued pleas for more protective equipment to lawmakers.
Report said that close to 10,000 health-care workers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the United States.
According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those numbers are believed to be an undercount of infections because of a lack of tests or barriers to getting tested in many areas. Health-care providers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and rehabilitation centers have begged government agencies to provide protective gear — including N95 respirator masks, face shields and gowns. The equipment, they said can make a difference between life and death for health-care providers, as well as their vulnerable patients.