Letters to the Editor

Time for a COVID-19 reality check

My niece is an ICU nurse in a Minneapolis hospital with 28 ICU beds. In March, they ran short of N95 masks. Now they’re reusing gowns (because demand has overwhelmed laundries), reusing masks and wearing homesewn caps. Weeks ago, each nurse was given five N95 masks and five paper bags, with directions to, at shift’s end, put the mask into a paper bag. Continue this for five days, then reuse the mask in the first bag. The most powerful nation in the world doesn’t have basic ICU supplies.

Her text: “Left ICU room only twice during 12 hours. Sweating wet. Drank water twice and went to bathroom twice ... cuz we don’t have enough staff to break everyone for 30 minutes. Patients have pressure sores on their faces because they’ve been proned so long, because that’s the only way we can oxygenate them. It’s awful! We used our last ventilator at 0600 this morning. There’s an open heart bypass today, not sure what they’ll do? Never seen anything like this.”

Where are the PPE’s Trump promised? Trump’s administration made states bid against each other for PPEs. Over 117,000 people have died an unnecessary and painful death because Trump willfully ignored advisers’ warnings. And it’s not over, health care workers need to be protected. More people do not need to die.

Despite Trump’s lack of basic moral character, Joni Ernst, Kim Reynolds, Chuck Grassley, and Ashley Hinson still support him. They are complicit in this travesty.

Linda Sprengeler

Cedar Rapids

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.