2nd-Grader Gives 6000 Masks, Caps To Hospital Staff: Coronavirus

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31st March, 2020 | patch.com
ASHBURN, VA — A second-grade boy from Ashburn has been spending his time off from school trying to come up with ideas to help front-line health care workers who are taking care of a growing number of patients sick with the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. This week, 7-year-old Zohaib Begg hit the jackpot when he began going to local hotels in the Ashburn area to see if they had any shower caps to donate to hospitals.

Not only did the hotels have shower caps that doctors, nurses and technicians could use as hair covers, they had stocks of gloves and face masks that the hotels were happy to give to Zohaib. After spending Wednesday and Thursday traveling to a half-dozen hotels, Zohaib and his mother, Isma Zubair, collected more than 6,000 items that could be used as personal protective equipment for health care workers struggling to find adequate protective gear.

Zohaib plans to donate the protective items to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he had emergency surgery when he was 4 years old to remove a tumor from his abdomen. For the next three years, Zohaib was under the care of a hematologist to ensure there was no regrowth of the tumor. A year ago, his doctor gave him a clean bill of health.

"He's lived there and gotten care there. His hematologist who cared for him was there. He chose to donate locally to that hospital because he's a patient of that hospital. He was motivated to give back there," Zohaib's mother said.

In Virginia, the number of new coronavirus cases has increased dramatically over the past week. As of Thursday, the state had reported 460 positive cases of the coronarivus. Deaths due to COVID-19 are up to 13 statewide, and 65 people are hospitalized.
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