Former President Barack Obama weighs in on coronavirus crisis and praises those on ‘front lines of pandemic’ – The Sun

BARACK Obama thanked health care workers for giving their all to fight the global coronavirus pandemic.

The former US president praised medical professionals for their "selflessness and sacrifice" as they work around the clock to try and contain the rapidly spreading virus, which has killed 114 people in the US as of Wednesday morning.

"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," he tweeted Tuesday.

"They're giving everything. May we all model our own behavior on their selflessness and sacrifice as we help each other through this."

Obama highlighted the story of Dr. Rachel Patzer, who made the difficult decision with her husband, an emergency department physician, for him to self-isolate indefinitely in their home garage.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, she detailed how her life has changed since the outbreak as he continues to treat coronavirus patients.

The couple has two young children and a three-week-old newborn, who her husband can't spend time with as she cares for and home schools her children.

"As I attempt to home school my kids (alone) with a new baby who screams if she isn't held, I am worried about the health of my spouse and my family," she wrote Monday.

The mom of three expressed her frustration with people who aren't practicing "social distancing", which the Center for Disease Control defines as "remaining out of places where people gather" and "avoiding public transportation."

"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 other healthcare workers are risking their lives to treat more sick patients," she said.

The CDC has recommended social distancing, even for those who are asymptomatic, as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, the Trump administration revealed stricter guidelines to quell the outbreak, advising people to avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 and staying home from restaurants and bars.

Patzer urged people to take the outbreak seriously and encouraged them to show appreciation to medical professionals for their tireless efforts.

"Please thank a healthcare worker for what they are doing and sacrificing."

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