Social workers at a New York City hospital battling the coronavirus outbreak say the hospital dragged its feet at taking precautions to protect them from getting infected or from possibly spreading COVID-19 to patients.
Among the biggest complaints by social workers at NYU Langone Health in Manhattan was the insistence by management that they continue coming into work instead of having them do their jobs remotely.
The workers also complained about a lack of personal protective equipment, unsafe practices for clocking into shifts and lack of adequate work space to avoid coming into close contact with colleagues.
“Last week they wouldn’t let us wear masks and told us [the coronavirus] wasn’t spread on surfaces or clothes,” one of those social workers at NYU Langone told CNBC.
Only on March 20 did they allow social workers to wear surgical masks, which prevent the social workers from spreading any infection they might have but do not protect the wearer from catching the virus, as N95…