As a union of frontline nurses, we must also speak up because New York remains unprepared for a resurgence of COVID-19. Our testing and tracing infrastructure is overstretched, with many results delayed by days or even weeks. Our hospitals are still rationing rapid testing reagents, PPE, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes because of federal shortages and persistent supply chain constraints. Frontline nurses, along with other essential workers, suffered the consequences of New York’s lack of preparation for the first COVID-19 surge. We cannot let that happen again.
After five months of battling this disease in hospitals you would think we would have more supplies. But, apparently, we don't. So, even though the health care workers of the US do have more knowledge about how to fight back against COVID-19, they don't have the supplies to do it correctly, especially if we have a spike in cases.