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Healthcare workers are so desperate for protective equipment, even Cher is being begged for help

Josh Milton April 1, 2020
As a scarcity of personal protective kits for healthcare works pelts the US, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, some have called on Cher to speak out. (Sam Morris/Getty Images)

As a scarcity of personal protective kits for healthcare works pelts the US, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, some have called on Cher to speak out. (Sam Morris/Getty Images)

Healthcare providers battling the heaving rise of coronaviruses in the US are begging for protective gear, and some are even calling on singer Cher to join the chorus of campaigners.

The Goddess of Pop is no stranger to wading into the political, often armed with capital letters and charged choices of words.

Throughout the after-shakes of the Iraq War that gripped the State in the early 00s, Cher remained a crucial advocate of better quality supplies and protective kits for troops stationed overseas.

Unable to literally turn back time, the “Believe” singer stormed Capitol Hill in 2006 and pleaded lawmakers to kit soldiers with better army helmets.

Nearly 14 years later, and people are calling for the 73-year-old to replicate this passion for the troops into a passion for nurses, doctors and other medics.

Americans beg for Cher to lobby better kit for nurses like she did for soldiers during Iraq War.

“I remember Cher going on CNN pleading for the administration to get troops overseas proper equipment and protective gear,” wrote Alexandra Halaby, an organiser for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid.

Singer Cher at a House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee hearing on the use of combat helmets, vehicle armour, and body armour by ground forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images)
Singer Cher at a House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee hearing on the use of combat helmets, vehicle armour, and body armour by ground forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. (Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images)

“Cher, you remember what you did for Mike and others?”

Halaby was responding to a tweet castigating Joe Biden. The former vice president tweeted Tuesday his presidential campaign pledge to properly kit soldiers, a promise potent to Iraq veteran Mike Prysner.

Prysner explained that he “stuck body boots” in his body armour “cuz we had no armour plate inserts, and we had to put sandbags on the floor of our humvees to have any protection against IED blasts.”

Frontline healthcare providers pleading for better protective equipment amid coronavirus pandemic. 

It’s a scarcity of vital supplies many advocates are mirroring to today.

As the coronavirus paralyses all parts of daily life in America, hospitals staffers are being forced to beg for better protection against the delicate but deadly virus.

They’re terrified. Frightened that the scarcity of protective kits for staff – such as padded N96 masks and gowns – have contributed to the deaths of frontline nurses who contracted COVID-19, such as gay medic Kious Kelly.

Kious Kelly, a native of Michigan, texted his sister that he tested positive for coronavirus. She never heard from him again. (Facebook)
Kious Kelly, a native of Michigan, texted his sister that he tested positive for coronavirus. She never heard from him again. (Facebook)

He had worked nonstop for weeks as fellow staffers wore gowns made of trash bags not enough to protect them from the wave of hacking, feverish patients pelting the hospital, up until his death in March.

 

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