“It’s a calling to risk your health to help strangers in need” – Filipino frontliners in the US share their stories

1 in 4 Filipinos in the New York/New Jersey area are medical frontliners and risk their lives in order to help out in the effort against COVID-19. Many of them have been exposed to COVID patients and some have contracted the virus, as well, while trying to battle it.

“It really is a calling to risk your own health each day to help strangers in need,” says the reporter as she listens to the stories of these Filipinos on the front line.

Despite making up 1% of American population, they make up 7% of the medical workforce in the US, a significant percentage in comparison to how many Americans are there, too.

One woman in particular, Nina, recounts how she and her husband Don Ryan had to man the front lines. Don Ryan eventually became sick but soon after showed signs of recovery. One day as he was talking about how he didn’t enjoy the food, Nina told him she’d have some delivered and for him to call her back–only he never did.

Watch their story and other stories below:


We pray for our Filipino frontliners as they face COVID-19 in the US and all over the world.

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