Disease & Illness

Healthcare Workers Are Taping Photos Of Themselves To Their Protective Gear To Help Coronavirus Patients Feel Human Connection

These front line heroes are truly going the extra mile!

Under normal circumstances, hospital patients are allowed to have visitors, which provides comfort, company and support and helps keep loneliness at bay. But these are far from normal circumstances, and visiting patients with COVID-19 is strictly forbidden. Even doctors and nurses have to keep their distance, and the layers of personal protective equipment (PPE) they’re required to wear make the interaction even less personal. It’s impossible even to see a smile behind a surgical mask and protective glasses.

But one inventive healthcare worker came up with a way to help make his COVID-19 patients feel a little more connected to him.

“Yesterday I felt bad for my patients in ER when I would come in the room with my face covered in PPE,” Robertino Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, wrote on Instagram post. “A reassuring smile makes a big difference to a scared patient. So today I made a giant laminated badge for my PPE. So my patients can see a reassuring and comforting smile.”