As a UConn nursing student, Yutong Song feels the same passion that drives doctors and nurses to risk their own lives to help patients fight the coronavirus.
“I will be a health care worker in the future, so I understand the responsibility of the front line medical workers,” said Song, a sophomore from Beijing. “I know what they are facing. I know they must feel scared and worried about COVID-19 because of their direct contact with patients and the virus every day.”
She decided to help by donating to the UConn Health COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to buy critical personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gowns for front line workers at UConn Health.
“I want to support them as much as possible. I want to let them know that although this is a hard time, they are not alone,” Song said.
“As an international student from China, I had already seen what my country had experienced. I already knew how scary and dangerous this virus is,” she said. “I know how much they need help.”
Song is living in her dorm on the empty Storrs campus where she is taking online classes. She can’t return home right now due to international travel restrictions. But she has been in touch with her family and knows they are healthy.
And, despite all the risks the pandemic has exposed in her chosen profession, she is still determined to become a nurse.
Join Song in supporting nurses on the front line by donating to the UConn Health COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.