A Minnesota state trooper reportedly gave a doctor working amid the coronavirus pandemic five N95 masks during a routine traffic stop.
Dr. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua said in a Facebook post that State Trooper Brian Schwartz pulled her over on March 21. The Massachusetts-based cardiologist is on temporary assignment at a coronavirus quarantine unit in Duluth, Minnesota.
Shwartz learned about Janjua’s situation after reviewing her driver’s license and asking her why she was out of state. Instead of a ticket, the trooper gave the doctor the five medical masks and let her off with a stern warning.
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The N95 masks Schwartz handed over to Janjua were given to him by the state for his own protection.
“I burst into tears. And though it may just have been the cold wind, I think he teared up a little as well, before wishing me well and walking away,” Janjua wrote.
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Minnesota State Patrol told CNN that Swartz gave Janjua the masks after spotting two masks in her purse that he assumed she had been reusing. Medical professionals are being forced to recycle the coveted item, putting them at higher risk for infection.
“Thank you to Sarosh for her hard work and dedication,” the Minnesota State Patrol said in a Facebook post. “Troopers are working hard during the pandemic and are thinking about all the first responders who are caring for Minnesotans during this critical time.”
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[Featured image: Dr. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua/Facebook]