Whistle-blower: Those aiding US coronavirus evacuees lacked gear

A whistle-blower at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reportedly alleged that US health workers who helped American evacuees from China had not been provided with proper training or protective gear, which may have exposed them to the coronavirus.

The complaint alleges that more than a dozen HHS employees were sent to Travis and March Air Force bases in California without full protective gear and training on how to protect themselves and adds that those workers who did not show symptoms of infection were not tested for the disease, US media reported.

The Washington Post first reported about the complaint filed to the Office of Special Counsel, an independent watchdog agency that investigates whistle-blower complaints.

The whistle-blower, who according to the New York Times is a senior official in the HHS, is now seeking federal protection, claiming she was unfairly reassigned after raising concerns about the safety of workers.

 

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