Field hospital set up in New York's Central Park

Grant Boone
March 30, 2020

IN New York hospitals, staff are working extra shifts and searching desperately for more bed space as they battle a surging toll of dead and infected at the U.S. epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a social media post Wednesday, one nurse at a large Long Island hospital in NY shared her feelings on social media, saying, "I haven't slept because my mind won't shut off".

An evangelical Christian relief organization on Sunday began setting up a massive field hospital in Central Park to help New York City cope with the crush of patients sickened by the deadly coronavirus.

"So usually a affected person can be on their deathbed, dying alone, and it's been extremely painful to see the struggling of members of the family who I name from the ICU, listening to the tears, crying with them on the cellphone", mentioned Doobay, 31.

"Leaders from various offices from the president to the head of health and hospitals say things like, 'We're going to go well, everything is fine.' And from our perspective, everything is not good, said Dr. Colleen Smith, an emergency physician at Elmhurst Hospital".

"I cry for my co-workers because we know the situation will get worse and I already have the impression that it is impossible and we are already at our breaking point", she said.

"What's very devastating for me is some people we know will not survive", he said, "and since they're not allowed to have visitors, I may be the last face they see and voice they hear ever as I put them to sleep (general anesthesia) prior to being on a ventilator. These are questions that, you realize, I take into consideration once I go dwelling at evening and thankfully, have not needed to make these choices but", she mentioned. "This is a serious crisis that we're in and we deserve to be protected".

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Many women who would have been affected by the policies expressed fear at the prospect of giving birth alone.

A team of 70 health care workers from around the USA will be led by Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, who's previously treated Ebola patients in West Africa, Syrian refugees in Iraq and natural disaster victims in Ecuador. At the end of the day, she places her mask in a paper bag to be reused the next day.

Nurses at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, where 13 people succumbed to the coronavirus in one day continued to battle the spread of the virus on Saturday. The hospital is "at the center of this crisis", according to the press release, and the staff "goes beyond" to remedy it.

"We are all very scared", said Davis.

At Elmhurst Hospital in NY, health care workers are living in a "constant state of paranoia", according to one person who identified as a nurse there but did not want to be named.

One of the biggest challenges facing healthcare workers worldwide in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is trying to save lives when the number of patients needing critical care exceeds the available medical infrastructure.

Smith shared images of the interior of the hospital, hospital beds and a room she said was filled with patients with coronavirus. Outside the building, a refrigerated truck was being used to store the bodies of patients who died, she said. "And this is America and we shall be a first world country".

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