Musab Awad is a Muslim nurse in the U.S. state of California whose career began with the biggest test of his professional life: fighting the COVID-19 pandemic amid shortages of medical supplies across the country.

HOAG Hospital Irvine where he works is not overflowing with coronavirus patients and has a 2:1 patient to nurse ratio. But it has similar measures in place as other facilities swamped with those who are infirmed.

Strict visitor policies are in place at the hospital: “No volunteers allowed, off duty staff are encouraged to not be in hospital premise, and staff are encouraged to

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