New York Hospital Rents Truck to Store Coronavirus Corpses
Dr. Rodrigo Kong and Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo react to a photo of New York City nurses using garbage bags as personal protective equipment.
Over the past month, the United States has been heavily impacted by the novel virus Covid-19, and medical personal in New York have felt the strain of coronavirus cases totaling over 30,000.
In the past few days, questions have arisen about the staffing and equipment supply of hospitals mainly in the NYC metro area. Gov. Cuomo as been at the forefront of expressing this lack of equipment and staffing, urging the federal government to turn up production of tens of thousands more ventilators, hospital beds and intensive care beds to meet the needs of their hospitals.
A need for safety equipment at a New York City hospital reportedly became so unbearable this week that nurses there resorted to wearing trash bags as protection against the coronavirus. Monday's estimates showed that hospitalizations were doubling every 3.4 days.
Hospital staff have turned to the media in a plea for help. They claim that the hospitals are under-reporting their equipment shortages, which is killing people. With no more room in one New York hospital, they rented a refrigerated truck to store the corpses of the dead taken by the virus.
A look inside the hospitals in New York. New York Times.
Companies like MyPillow have announced plans to start manufacturing medical equipment and supplies while donations of supplies have helped slow the insane demand from the state's medical staff. Cuomo has encouraged this and expressed his gratitude on multiple occasions tweeting:
In an effort to "flatten the curve" the state has issued shelter in place orders. They join 19 other states who have already enacted the orders.