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A nurse without an N95 mask raced in to treat a ‘code blue’ patient. She died 14 days later | Los Angeles Times

A nurse without an N95 mask raced in to treat a ‘code blue’ patient. She died 14 days later | Los Angeles Times

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The decision that Celia Marcos made, the one that would ultimately steal years from her life, had been hard-wired after decades working as a nurse.

On the ward that she oversaw at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a man with COVID-19 had stopped breathing. Marcos’ face was covered only with a thin surgical mask, and obtaining a more protective N95 mask before entering his room would have wasted valuable time, her colleagues say.

The 61-year-old charge nurse knew the chest compressions and other breathing treatments the patient needed would likely spew dangerous virus particles into the air that could land on her face and clothing. She would be at high risk of catching the coronavirus.

Marcos raced into the room. Fourteen days later, she was dead.

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By Soumya Karlamangla | Staff Writer , Los Angeles Times
Featured Image, Monique Hernandez, a nurse at Riverside Community Hospital, attends a candlelight vigil for nurse Celia Marcos outside Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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