With the current pandemic sweeping the world, hospitals are in dire need of supplies. No one could have prepared for something as bad as the coronavirus outbreak. Hospitals did not have enough masks, gowns, ventilators, and other medical gear that has turned out to be a matter of life and death for thousands including the healthcare workers. In the United States, companies have had to step up and create medical gear. In Italy, a 3D printing startup company spent days 3D printing ventilators. In England, veterinary practices have been urged to donate supplies to human hospitals leading to worry for the animals they’re supposed to attend.
According to Yorkshire Coast Radio, “Vets across the UK have been urged to lend their NHS-compatible human ventilators so they can be used by healthcare workers in the fight against coronavirus. While they remain open for emergency animal care, many veterinary practises have other equipment that could be a huge help to the NHS, including monitors, anaesthetic machines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).”
A vet named Claire wrote to the radio station with her concern for the animals. Although her veterinary clinic isn’t yet out of supplies, pretty soon, they could be. She wrote: “I think as this crisis progresses we will run low on some supplies, particularly as some of the drugs we use are also used in human medicine. Unfortunately, some animals will die because of this. More animals might die because of the financial impact of this crisis.”
Many animals around the world are already being strongly affected by this pandemic. Pets in Wuhan, China were abandoned when people were forced to evacuate. Dogs saved from the dog meat trade are stranded in South Korea unable to be transported to their new homes in North America. Shelters are unable to open to the public and canceling adoption events. There’s a concern of many shelter animals having to be euthanized due to the lockdowns.
You can foster or adopt a shelter animal like Antoni Porowski and Miley Cyrus have done. You can donate or sponsor an animal as well. And as the vet Claire wrote, you should keep your dog on a leash outside and keep your cats indoors to prevent having to take them to the vet.
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