The coronavirus pandemic made havoc in the whole world, but the ones who are mostly impacted by it are our health care workers. Nowadays they are our heroes taking care of the patients of COVID-19 relentlessly offering their help and medical care.
They work in shifts and when their shift ends in order to feel relaxed they still feel stressed out as they do not know if they are possible carriers of the virus no matter of the taken precautions.
Being feared of transmitting the virus to their loved ones they do all sorts of crazy things, some sleep in the garages, some on their patios, some have designated routes in their own houses.
Here how the end of a shift looks like to the emergency room physician Mark Quale, from Burlington, North Carolina. Once his shift ends, he goes to his home, but he does not enter it leisurely, he strips off his scrubs on the front porch, then walks towards a specific route to the bathroom, and then the real scrubbing happens so that all the germs are washed away with soap and water. He must take extra precautions as he lives with his wife, two young boys, and an elderly mother-in-law. The best solution would be to self-isolate until the pandemic is over, but not all health care workers can do that.
RVs 4 MDs
Fortunately, this nightmare is over for our modern heroes thanks to a Facebook group known as RVs 4 MDs. Now, Mark can have the needed rest in an isolated place and at the same time keep his family safe by staying in a 31-foot travel trailer lent to him by kind strangers.
The idea of lending the RVs for MDs started with Emily Phillips, wife of ER doctor Jason Phillips. Namely, she posted on her Facebook a request, if anyone owns an RV so that it could be borrowed for her husband for self-isolation. To her great fortune, there was a positive response coming from Holly Haggard who let them use her RV.
Emily reported to CNN:
“Before the RV, I was a nervous wreck. Every time my husband walked in the door or put his hand on something, I thought we were going to get (Covid-19), including my baby. But now that he’s in that RV, I’m back to my life, focused on my full-time job and my kids, and it’s completely changed our situation.”
In these difficult times this situation is reality for every medical person that needs to deal directly with the infected patients. Hence, Emily along with Holly started RVs for MDs, which has turned into a complete volunteer organization with a board of directors and a network of volunteers across the country.
Mark got his RV from Kelsey and Tim Webb to use it until the crisis is over. The Webb’s were total strangers for Mark, but they did not hesitate to lend their RV to Mark. Namely, Tim drove 2.5 hours and handed out the keys of the RV to the doctor’s wife, LaRayne Quale.
LaRayne is extremely grateful for this act of kindness, especially coming from complete strangers. She said that it is an “emotional thing to go through.” Nonetheless of the kind act of the Webb family she still wanted to cover the insurance, but the couple declined her offer.
“They said that they are praying for us and rooting for us.”
This project became so spread that every hour there are new posts on the Facebook page from family members looking to match with trailer owners. Hence, there is a great need for more volunteers at RVs 4 MDs so that other states can be covered. The plan is to spread the project abroad to Canada and there set up an official website. This organization plans to continue its work even after the end of the coronavirus crisis as “there’s always going to be a need for shelter.”
The health care workers need our support, especially at these difficult times. They need their rest but it should be at peace knowing that their families are safe so that they can focus on the COVID-19 patients that desperately need their help. Our health workers are the first soldiers at the battle line therefore we should do whatever we can to help them.
If you have a trailer, you can join and thus help the doctors and nurses in your community.