RVs 4 MDs helping first responders, healthcare workers during pandemic

Posted at 9:33 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 22:17:34-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A Facebook group is helping first responders and healthcare workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laura Lowe is one of those on the front lines of the pandemic, working as a nurse in Portsmouth.

"It is scary," Lowe said. "We don't know exactly how far this pandemic is going to go or how the virus is going to mutate in the next few weeks."

One of her concerns is her family.

"I live with my mother, who is 84 years old," Lowe said. "If I were the one to expose her to [COVID-19], it would be devastating."

So, she turned to the online group RVs 4 MDs. In the group, people can donate their campers to those like Lowe to use as a safe place to quarantine, protecting their families during the pandemic.

Courtesy: RVs 4 MDs

"My husband is an ER physician, and we were really concerned what he might be bringing home," RVs 4 MDs founder Emily Phillips told News 3. "Every time you shelter a healthcare worker or first responder, you're potentially flattening the curve and saving thousands of peoples' lives."

In about three weeks, Phillips said the group has grown to more than 27,000 members across the country.

Courtesy: RVs 4 MDs

Chesapeake veterinarian Dr. Denette Cooke is offering to donate her camper.

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"I'm in the medical field for animals, but I can't imagine what it would be like to fear for my family," Cooke said. "My camper is sitting dormant, and obviously, nobody's camping or traveling right now."

Cooke believes it's a way to help and give back, giving first responders and healthcare workers peace of mind.

"Our healthcare workers really deserve everything that we can give them," she said.

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