A nurse at a New York hospital has shared a powerful photo amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Buzzfeed News shared the image, which depicts a truck filled with victims of COVID-19 in body bags.
The picture, which was edited by Buzzfeed to protect the victims’ identities, demonstrates just how serious this crisis is. Read on to find out what the nurse had to say about how hospitals are dealing with the pandemic.
Nurse Shares Photo Of Coronavirus Victims
According to Buzzfeed, the 38-year-old nurse took the photo at a Manhattan hospital Sunday morning. A refrigerated truck in the ambulance bay was holding the bodies of those who had died from coronavirus-related complications.
“I took it to show to people,” said the nurse, who asked not to be identified. “It is the ghastly reality of what we deal with and where some of us have ended up already.”
The nurse, who is Jewish, said the image he shared reminds him of “Holocaust footage,” adding that it’s his “only point of reference for such an image of humans.” He said he’s “never seen something quite like it.”
How Are Hospitals Dealing With The Pandemic?
The nurse who spoke to Buzzfeed also shared some details of what it’s like working on the front lines of this pandemic. He explained that COVID-positive health care workers are expected to keep working as long as they are asymptomatic, even though they can’t get tested unless they have symptoms.
He also detailed the shortage of supplies like face masks. “We are rationed personal protective equipment to absurdity,” he said, adding that they’re given “one disposable mask and one disposable gown that we must sign out for, that is expected to be used for five 12-hour shifts before they will be replaced.”
New York state now has nearly 60,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Things are so bad that Gov. Andrew Cuomo put out a plea on Twitter for health care workers around the country to come to New York if things are not urgent where they live.