"We don't have the machines, we don't have the beds," said a New York City doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity to CNN. "To think that we're in New York City and this is happening. It's like a third-world country type of scenario. It's mind-blowing."
At first, most of the patients at the hospital were 70-years-old or older, but a number of patients younger than 50 have begun coming in as well.
"I don't think they understand the severity of this disease," said the doctor about the younger patients. "Two weeks ago, life was completely different."
Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, described the new reality in emergency rooms as "dire."
"In my shift yesterday, nearly every single patient that I took care of was coronavirus, and many of them extremely severe. Many were put on breathing tubes. Many decompensated quite quickly," said Spencer to CNN. A makeshift morgue is being set up at New York City's Bellevue Hospital in preparation for a possible surge in the need for autopsies.
In New Orleans, where 1 in 1,000 residents are infected, a respiratory therapist was shocked by the influx of COVID-19 patients.
Ситуация начинает напоминать Италию в Нью Йорке и Новом Орлеане. Уже строят временный морг для аутопсий массово погибших - прямо под окнами моей лаборатории. Вы все еще считаете, что карантин - абсолютное зло? Альтернатива может быть совсем катастрофичной