Submitted by:  Julia Chiarcos, SRT, St. Clair College

COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our lives in a way that no one could have expected. It has changed the way we live day-to-day and has filled many lives with fear and uncertainty – uncertainty about risk of catching the virus, uncertainty of when this pandemic will end, and uncertainty of the repercussions.

Respiratory Therapists everywhere are being recognized for everything they are doing to help manage, treat and prevent the spread of this novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As a first year Student Respiratory Therapist at St. Clair College, I was able to adapt and get involved with educating others and myself on the changes necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19. I have been able to put what I learned in the classroom into action. I have learned the importance of PPE and how to use it properly. I have educated family and friends about the usefulness of PPE and how to properly wear it and take it off safely. Although I am not a registered Respiratory Therapist yet, I believe I can make a difference and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to the help of my Program Coordinator and professors, I have been able to share my knowledge on PPE and teach others the way they have taught me.  As a community, we can look out for one another, share what we know, and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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