#MyMaskMyStory: “Everyone was so relieved”

Midwest  | August 3, 2020
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Part of our Together While Apart campaign, #MyMaskMyStory is a collection of personal accounts from individuals with deep ties to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include those who have volunteered, those who have donated, and those who have received.

Volunteer: Yue Ma
Editor and Animation: Chuan Ching

“I’m Dr. Huh. I just graduated from residency here, but I’m staying in the hospital for [a] cardiology fellowship. And I wanted to kind of share my experience.”

“So before this whole pandemic started, I feel like the whole hospital was really tense, really anxious, lots of stress, and just kind of scared cause we didn’t know what was going to happen. With the whole government and all around the country, we didn’t have enough PPE, the medical supplies to protect ourselves.”

“We tried reaching out at different groups and eventually the Tzu Chi group came and said, ‘hey, we have supplies and we can provide it to you.’ When I told everybody, everyone was so relieved, and I felt like there was a sense of peace that everyone had, that we could finally feel protected and safe trying to save the lives of other people.”

“And so I want to thank the group, thank all the donors, the people who donated who helped contribute to this, and thank you so much. It’s something that we’re very grateful for.”

Alexander Huh, MD is a Cardiology Fellow at the Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago, IL. On July 3rd, he received a PPE donation of 12,000 surgical masks, 500 N95 respirators, 160 goggles, 130 face shields, and 30 protective coveralls from Tzu Chi USA. Catch up on the entire #MyMaskMyStory collection here.

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