Health Care Workers in PPE Wear Photos of Themselves Smiling to Comfort Patients

Health Care Workers in PPE Wear Photos of Themselves Smiling
Photo credit: @derekdevault

Health care workers across the country are finding creative ways to show COVID-19 patients that they’re not alone. Even their small gestures can go a long way, whether it’s connecting isolated patients with loved ones by phone or making hospital discharges celebratory and memorable for patients.

"Share Your Smile" is one small but positive gesture. While caring for COVID-19 patients, health care workers are decked out in full personal protective equipment from head to toe. To look less intimidating, these health care heroes are attaching large badges with their photos to their PPE gear, so patients see their smiles and not just the masks. Robertino Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, told HuffPost, “A reassuring smile makes a big difference to a scared patient.”

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