Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden),the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, oversaw responses to the H1N1 influenza, Ebola and Zika epidemics during the Obama administration. He is president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. Amanda McClelland is the senior vice-president of the Prevent Epidemics team at Resolve to Save Lives. A registered nurse, she has more than 20 years of experience in primary health care, global health and responding to natural disasters, conflict and epidemics in more than 15 countries including the West Africa Ebola response. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the authors. View more opinion at CNN.
(CNN)During the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been well-intentioned calls to honor our health care workers. But to truly honor them, we need to keep them safe. Keeping health workers safe is not just a moral imperative — it is a practical one as well. Our lives depend on it.
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