A new interactive database from KFF’s Kaiser Health News (KHN) and Guardian US reveals that many of the more than 900 U.S. health care workers who have died in the fight against COVID-19 worked in facilities with shortages of protective equipment such as gowns, masks, gloves and face shields. People of color and nurses account for a disproportionate share of deaths among those profiled so far.
The two news organizations have identified 922 workers who likely died of COVID-19 after helping patients during the pandemic, and have published profiles of 167 workers whose deaths have been confirmed as part of the “Lost on the Frontline” reporting project, which began this spring. The project aims to document the life of every health care worker who falls victim to the virus and shine a light on the workings — and failings — of the U.S. health care system during a global pandemic.
The interactive tool — the nation’s most comprehensive independent database of health care workers who have lost their lives — can be searched by factors such as race and ethnicity, age, occupation, location and whether the workers had adequate access to protective gear. The database is freely available to help local news organizations profile workers in their communities who have lost their lives fighting the pandemic. The profiles include medical professionals like doctors, nurses and paramedics, and others working at hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities, including aides, administrative employees, and cleaning and maintenance staff.
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