All across the United States, people are being asked to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, by self-quarantining. However, there are also the brave healthcare workers that are putting themselves at risk to treat the over 97,000 confirmed cases in the U.S., which, as of Thursday, is the country with the most confirmed cases in the world.
In an effort to help make life a little easier on those brave workers, Lakers forward Anthony Davis announced on Friday that he will be partnering with Lineage Logisitics to match donations up to $250,000 to buy “healthy, free meals” from Los Angeles-based restaurants to give to hospital workers who are helping fight coronavirus on the frontlines.
Following his announcement, Davis told Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times that the courage of his friends and family in the healthcare industry inspired him to take action, too:
“I have family and friends in the healthcare industry and they tell me all the time that they get home later or don’t get a chance to go home for a long time,” Davis said. “I’m sure you see the pictures of the healthcare worker on social media. … I thought the least I could do was try to partner with Lineage Logistics and try to get food from these local restaurants. They’re struggling as well.”
Davis revealed that one of his aunts, who’s a healthcare worker, was tested out of precaution recently:
“They’re around it a lot and they’re at a high risk of being exposed to it because they’re in the hospital,” Davis said. “One of my aunties got sent home. I think they took a test and it hasn’t come back yet. … That’s the risk they’re willing to take to save so many lives.”
It’s not just their physical health that they’re putting at risk, either. A new study that was published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that 71.5 percent of health care workers in China are experiencing some form of psychological distress, including depression, anxiety and insomnia. They deserve free meals, and so much more.
You can support Davis’ cause by donating to the “Help Feed the Frontline Fighting COVID 19 - LA” GoFundMe page.