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US Army seeks retired medical personnel to rejoin service to combat the coronavirus

05:55  26 march  2020
05:55  26 march  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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The Army is calling on retired medical personnel to help in its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. "The U.S. Army is reaching out to gauge the interest of our retired officers, noncommissioned officers and soldiers who would be willing to assist with the COVID-19 coronavirus

The Defence Forces has received a significant number of offers from retired personnel to rejoin in order to help with the coronavirus crisis. Even before Mr Varadkar’s announcement, the Defence Forces has received numerous enquiries about former member rejoining , according to military

The Army has launched an effort to see whether retired doctors, nurses and medics may be willing to be recalled to military service, citing the “extraordinary challenges” that the coronavirus pandemic has created.

a truck driving down a dirt road: Field litter ambulances arrive with simulated patients during a mass casualty scenario at the field hospital at Sierra Army Depot in California during the United States Forces Command Medical Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise on Oct. 28, 2019. The realistic event gave soldiers a chance to test their skills and knowledge in the event of a real mass casualty incident. (U.S. Army Forces Command) © Spc. ShaTyra Reed/U.S. Army Forces Command Field litter ambulances arrive with simulated patients during a mass casualty scenario at the field hospital at Sierra Army Depot in California during the United States Forces Command Medical Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise on Oct. 28, 2019. The realistic event gave soldiers a chance to test their skills and knowledge in the event of a real mass casualty incident. (U.S. Army Forces Command)

An Army general said in a message to eligible veterans that the Army is turning to “trusted professionals capable of operating under constantly changing conditions” and “reaching out to gauge the interest” of those who qualify. The solicitation, obtained by The Washington Post, applies to both retired officers and enlisted soldiers.

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“When the Nation called — you answered, and now, that call may come again,” wrote Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, the Army’s deputy chief of staff.

The message comes as U.S. officials have expressed widespread concern that the nation’s public health system could be overwhelmed if the virus spreads too quickly. The Army announced Tuesday that it will dispatch hospital units to cities that are hit hard, with soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Fort Hood, Tex., going to New York and Washington state.

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The message states that the Army is interested in people who served in eight jobs: critical care officer, anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, critical care nurse, nurse practitioner, emergency-room nurse, respiratory specialist and medic. 

“If you are working in a civilian hospital or medical facility, please let us know,” Seamands wrote. “We do not want to detract from the current care and treatment you are providing to the Nation.”

An Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Emanuel L. Ortiz, reiterated much of the same message in a statement.

“This information request will no way interfere with any care they may be providing to their communities, is for future planning purposes only, and is completely voluntary,” Ortiz said.

The request stands as an example of how the Pentagon believes the coronavirus response may take months, or longer.

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The Army held a Pentagon press briefing today to discuss their effort in developing a vaccine against the novel coronavirus , COVID-19. The Defense Department continues to issue guidance to commanders and directors to combat the coronavirus outbreak, officials said in Washington.

Thousands of retired doctors and nurses have agreed to go back to work to reinforce the ranks of the health service . Dr. Ferguson, who later reported suffering symptoms of the coronavirus himself, shared the findings with the White House, where officials said they played a role in temporarily shifting

Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs, a doctor on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, said in a news briefing Wednesday that it is hard to predict beyond about three weeks how the spread of the virus will continue. He advocated continuing social distancing and other steps that have been adopted across the United States. 

“If we stop doing the right thing today because we think something’s going to happen in four weeks, we will make this worse,” he said. “What we need to do is focus on what we individually and collectively can do today to mitigate this outbreak.”

Friedrichs added that it is “a worrisome narrative” that some people are openly questioning the public-health guidance.

“I don’t think it matters what day things start to get better, what matters is what we’re doing right now to mitigate this outbreak,” he said. “I’m not sure how to say it any more clearly than that.”

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