Brittani Coury has volunteered to help coronavirus patients in her role as a nurse ©Getty Images

United States' Paralympic snowboarder Brittani Coury has volunteered to help wards with patients suffering from coronavirus as part of her career as a nurse.

The Pyeongchang 2018 silver medallist told the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee that she has returned to nursing after the snowboarding season concluded.

Coury is currently working at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City on an acute internal medicine floor, which does not have coronavirus patients.

The 34-year-old has volunteered to help in wards with coronavirus patients to help tired colleagues and bolster staff numbers should they be required.

"This is the biggest social thing we are facing in my lifetime," said Coury.

"I am mentally ready and prepared for this. 

"I am not afraid of getting the virus, because I am here to help my patients. 

"I am not afraid of dying either, because if that happens, it's because I was helping others and I went out doing what I loved.

"But I am most afraid of passing it on to somebody.

"We all are concerned and taking the precautions.

"We are all being as super safe as we can."

Brittani Coury won a silver medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics ©Getty Images
Brittani Coury won a silver medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics ©Getty Images

More than 1.8 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide, resulting in more than 114,000 deaths to date.

The US has had the highest number of cases with more than 560,000 reported and 22,000 recorded deaths.

The coronavirus has heavily impacted on the sporting calendar, with numerous major events either cancelled or postponed.

Coury was a member of the US team at the World Para Snowboard World Cup Finals in Norway this year.

The event in Hafjell was cancelled after just one day of competition due to COVID-19.

Coury had won a bronze medal in the dual banked slalom event on the opening day.

The 34-year-old begun her nursing career after being helped to recover from having her leg amputated below the right knee in 2011.

Her right ankle joint failed to recover from a snowboarding accident in 2003, despite multiple surgeries.