By Sofia Khaja, Writer
Globally, women have made tremendous contributions to the COVID-19 crisis. According to the world economic forum, women constitute approximately seventy percent of all health care workers. Women have also led many research projects on the COVID-19 virus and assisted in developing the vaccines. Keep reading to learn more about some of the women who have made large-scale contributions and sacrifices during this pandemic.
Dr. Özlem Türeci
Dr. Sarah Gilbert
Amy O'Sullivan has been a Veteran ER Nurse for over 18 years at the Wyckoff Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She treated the first COVID-19 Patient at the Hospital, but unfortunately, that Patient ultimately became the city's first death in early March 2020. Right after, she had become hospitalized on the ventilator because of the virus. Note: at the time, PPE was not given much importance due to the uncertainty of the virus. After three full days of intubation and two weeks later, O'Sullivan returned to work immediately to help others in need. Although she was constantly fearful of contracting the virus, she prevailed and continued to sacrifice for the numerous patients. She said, "I felt like it was a calling, and I just had to go. I couldn't leave my co-workers. I couldn't do that to them." A proud mother, wife, nurse, and superhero in New York City helping to fight off COVID-19.
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett