‘RVs For MDs’ Project Helping ER Nurses, Families Stay Safe During Pandemic
Apr 23, 2020, 5:40 PM | Updated: 9:01 pm
BLUFFDALE, Utah – Many health care workers who treat COVID-19 patients face a tough decision: isolate at home after a shift and risk infecting their family – or stay away from them until the pandemic is over.
However, community members like Radisa Peric are helping workers avoid the question with a solution found right in their driveway.
When Peric came across a Facebook page pairing RV owners with healthcare workers he knew he wanted to get involved.
An RV owner himself, he’s thought about ways to help those fighting on the front lines during the pandemic. This provided the perfect opportunity.
“You have people that are fighting this live in person at the hospital and it’s got to be very stressful,” Peric said. “Then they have to go home to their families and I don’t want to get them sick. So soon as I saw this, it was a no brainer, I got to do it.”
The RVs 4 MDs to Fight the Coronavirus project has gone nationwide in a matter of weeks. Through the online community, Peric was able to get in contact with an emergency room nurse in Bluffdale who was looking for a place to self-isolate to keep his family safe.
“I saw his post so I reached out and took the trailer to his house,” he said.
The trailer is now sitting in Joe Coverdell’s driveway.
“He been a godsend for us,” Coverdell said.
The family said Peric’s kindness was just what they needed to stay safe.
“I am constantly around people who do have the virus or could potentially have the virus, and having an option where I am isolated from my family, it protects them. Mainly it’s what it is there for,” he said.
Coverdell works up to six days a week which has been a huge adjustment for his family — especially when he needs to keep his distance on his days off.
“It’s hard you know, I have two young kids and a wife who want me to be involved in their lives but it’s hard when I have to stay six feet behind the door,” he said.
The family was not sure how long they will need to borrow the trailer but Peric said they can keep it on the property for as long as they need to.
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