ER doctor who moves into garage, away from newborn and family, praised by Obama

  • In Politics
  • 2020-03-18 15:56:17Z
ER doctor who moves into garage, away from newborn and family, praised by Obama
ER doctor who moves into garage, away from newborn and family, praised by Obama  

One doctor's move into a garage has prompted a tweet of gratitude from former President Barack Obama, who urged Americans to show a similar level of "selflessness and sacrifice" during the coronavirus outbreak.

Rachel Patzer, an epidemiologist and the director of the Center for Health Services Research at Emory University, went viral Monday on Twitter after sharing that her husband - an emergency room doctor - has isolated himself in their garage "for the foreseeable future" while he takes care of coronavirus patients.

"It pains me to wonder how many weeks will go by that he won't get to hold our new baby or see our older kids," she tweeted Monday. "This is one example of the sacrifice that health care workers are making for our communities."

Meanwhile, she has to raise their three children, including a 3-week-old newborn, by herself. At least 70% of schools throughout the United States, including in her state of Georgia, have been shut down.

Patzer shared her story on Twitter, she told CNN, in order to spread awareness of the necessary sacrifices that everyone - not just health care workers - needs to undergo in order to ensure that Americans can "flatten the curve" and prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed by sick patients.

"Health care workers cannot fully participate in (social distancing) since they're going to the hospital and helping to reduce the spread of this virus," she said to CNN.

She talked about the necessity of social distancing, or keeping yourself apart from other people unless absolutely necessary, during the coronavirus outbreak.

"It is difficult to see pictures of all the people at bars and restaurants, socializing, making play dates and ignoring social distancing recommendations when I know my husband and many other health care workers are risking their lives to treat more sick patients," she said on Twitter.

Patzer's thread caught the attention of former President Barack Obama, who cited her story as a model of good behavior during this time.

"We owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our health professionals and everybody who'll be on the front lines of this pandemic for a long while," Obama tweeted Tuesday.

Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus social distancing: Obama reacts to doctor's move to garage


More Related News

Grocery workers are key during the virus. And they
Grocery workers are key during the virus. And they're afraid

Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as the items fly off the shelves. From South Africa to Italy to the U.S., grocery workers - many in low-wage jobs - are manning the frontlines amid worldwide lockdowns, their work deemed essential to keep food and critical goods flowing. "Everyone is scared everywhere, here in South Africa and everywhere in the world," said Zandile Mlotshwa, a cashier at Spar supermarket in the Johannesburg suburb of Norwood.

Biden informs Sanders he
Biden informs Sanders he'll begin vetting VP candidates, asks Obama for Cabinet selection advice

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is still in the running for the Democratic presidential nomination, but his competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, has his sights set on the next step of his campaign.Biden said Friday he informed Sanders he will begin the process of vetting potential Cabinet and vice presidential candidates, telling donors at a virtual fundraising event that he plans on launching a committee to select a running mate sometime in mid-April. Former primary challengers like Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are often mentioned as possibilities.Biden has emerged as the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, 'wartime' pandemic leader or 'backup'?
  • World
  • 2020-04-04 13:41:40Z

President Donald Trump seems to go back and forth on that, or both ways at once, in responding to the coronavirus pandemic that takes more lives by the hour. "The federal government," he told New York's governor, "is merely a back-up for state governments." Separately, he bragged inaccurately about his Facebook followers.

US says uninsured coronavirus patients will be covered
US says uninsured coronavirus patients will be covered

The tens of millions of Americans who lack health insurance will be covered by the government if they fall sick with the COVID-19 illness, the US health secretary said Friday. Alex Azar told reporters that the CARES act, a coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress, included $100 billion for health care providers who "will be forbidden from balance billing the uninsured for the cost of their care." Instead, hospitals and health care professionals will be reimbursed at the rates for Medicare, a state insurance program for the elderly.

It Was Already Dangerous To Be Muslim in India. Then Came the Coronavirus
It Was Already Dangerous To Be Muslim in India. Then Came the Coronavirus

Some Indian Muslims have been accused without evidence of purposefully spreading the coronavirus as a kind of "biological Jihad"

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


  • ZaraPiext
    (2020-03-29 22:39:44Z)

    coronavirus 5 year old - chloroquine drug
    coronavirus 10000
    chloroquine phosphate
    - coronavirus recession
    coronavirus 0c43

  • ZaraPiext
    (2020-03-30 15:14:15Z)

    coronavirus 800 - chloroquine online
    coronavirus europe
    - 5 coronavirus cases
    coronavirus found in us

  • ZaraPiext
    (2020-03-31 02:26:30Z)

    coronavirus north carolina - buy chloroquine 250mg
    coronavirus 15
    buy chloroquine 250mg
    - coronavirus zicam
    6 coronavirus in us

  • ZaraPiext
    (2020-03-31 09:09:13Z)

    coronavirus 2012 - buy chloroquine
    coronavirus buffalo ny
    coronavirus antiviral drugs
    - coronavirus virginia
    coronavirus meme

  • ZaraPiext
    (2020-03-31 21:54:12Z)

    coronavirus vector - chloroquine phosphate 250mg online
    coronavirus 6 case
    chloroquine phosphate 250 mg
    - coronavirus disease
    coronavirus 4 year old

  • ZaraPiext
    (2020-04-01 06:36:44Z)

    coronavirus 7-14 days - chloroquine phosphate 250mg
    coronavirus queens
    chloroquine aralen
    - 3 coronavirus sydney
    coronavirus kung flu

  • ZaraPiext
    (2020-04-01 09:57:30Z)

    9 coronavirus australia - buy chloroquine 250mg
    coronavirus how deadly
    chloroquine phosphate
    - coronavirus beer meme
    coronavirus 90000 video

  • Zartodoky
    (2020-04-03 02:29:05Z)

    coronavirus zombie - chloroquine online
    coronavirus queens ny
    remdesivir and chloroquine
    - coronavirus areas affected
    coronavirus 6 case

  • Zartodoky
    (2020-04-04 15:13:35Z)

    coronavirus buffalo - chloroquine for coronavirus
    coronavirus 1700
    chloroquine phosphate 250 mg
    - coronavirus in usa
    2 coronavirus in usa


Top News: Politics