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Here's how one hospital system at the center of the coronavirus outbreak explained why they are limiting workers from talking to the media:

Jim Mandler, a spokesman for NYU Langone Health, said the policy was to protect patient and staff confidentiality. “Because information is constantly evolving, it is in the best interest of our staff and the institution that only those with the most updated information are permitted to address these issues with the media.”
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It's possible that the anecdotes could cause an even larger panic in the public at large. Crisis communication is incredibly difficult—and could have major repercussions if not done properly. 

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However, if doctors don't speak out, no one would know that hospitals are failing their workers and by extension, us. 

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However, many doctors are choosing to speak out anyway. Their lives are on the line—having basic equipment is not too much to ask for. 

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