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Atlanta Medical Workers Fly to NYC to Aid in the Fight Against Coronavirus

by Eben Diskin Apr 3, 2020

On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called upon medical workers from around the country to come to New York’s aid to help battle the coronavirus crisis. With many NYC hospitals overwhelmed, more medical personnel are needed to treat the rising number of coronavirus patients. And health workers are answering the call.

According to Southwest spokesperson Derek Hubbard, 29 nurses and doctors boarded Southwest Flight 979 from Atlanta this week to serve in NYC. It’s a heartening show of solidarity, captured most touchingly by a photo taken by a Southwest employee just before takeoff.

The caption praises the medical workers who selflessly volunteered to travel to the United States’ coronavirus epicenter, saying, “These brave souls soldier on in the midst of tremendous risk and exposure, constantly putting the needs of others above their own. Their selfless sacrifice is a beacon of light during such a dark time in our world, and no amount of gratitude and praise would ever be enough. Because of their courage, our family, our friends, our coworkers, our neighbors, and more have a fighting chance […] This photo embodies it all: bravery, courage, and sacrifice.”

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