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Northwestern Fires Nurse Over Her Warnings About Masks

A former nurse is suing a Chicago hospital for allegedly firing her in retaliation for warning colleagues that masks provided by the hospital to treat COVID-19 patients would not sufficiently protect them from contracting the disease.

Lauri Mazurkiewicz contends in her lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court that Northwestern Memorial Hospital began accepting COVID-19 patients this month but gave its employees “less-effective” masks and prevented them from wearing N95 masks, which are more effective at preventing people from catching the coronavirus, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

She says she sent an email on March 18 cautioning staff and supervisors that N95 masks were more useful than the ones that the hospital distributed, and that she was fired the next day after coming to work while wearing an N95 mask.

 

Read the source article at wgme.com

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