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‘It is the ghastly reality’: Nurse shares photo inside giant refrigerator truck full of dead bodies amid coronavirus pandemic [UPDATE]

A Manhattan nurse shared horrifying photos of dead bodies loaded into a large truck at the end of a Sunday morning shift.

Buzzfeed News reports that the 38-year-old nurse took the photo to show the people the stark reality of the coronavirus, which has taken the lives of hundreds of New York residents in one month alone.

“I took it to show to people. It is the ghastly reality of what we deal with and where some of us have ended up already.”

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The nurse, who didn’t want to be identified, also shared a story of a woman who died beside him. The victim was otherwise in good health prior to developing coronavirus. After she tested positive for the virus, she was sent home but returned a week later with breath shortness. She died overnight, the outlet reports.

“I never had the patience to sit with somebody I’d just met until they took their last breath. But I really liked this lady’s cardigan and pajamas so I decided to stay and get to know her a little,” the nurse said.

The nurse said the woman wasn’t forced to die alone, as he held her hand during her last breath. Many victims who had to separate from family ended up dying alone.

He added that medical staff must continue to work unless they show symptoms of the virus.

“If we are covid positive, we are expected to work for as long as we are asymptomatic. However we cannot get tested unless we are symptomatic. They don’t want to test us because, at the rates we are exposed, we are likely all sick and we don’t know it.”

Meanwhile,  another video, captured on March 24, showed people lined up in the hallways at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. The footage was posted on Facebook.

Maimonides medical center in Brooklyn people literally laying in hallways. Share for awareness. Mostly elderly too.

Posted by Cathy Chambers on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

 

As of Sunday, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 776 people in New York.

“The numbers are staggering,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “This is unprecedented. We’ve never seen our EMS system get this many calls, ever.”

On Sunday, crews began setting up tents outside of six New York City-area outside Mount Sinai emergency rooms, in preparation of more people affected by the virus, Patch reports.

“The tents will be critical in helping us limit the spread of the disease between patients and staff,” hospital officials said.

The tents are one part of numerous steps hospital officials are taking to help stop the coronavirus from spreading. The hospital network will also begin “video visits” between patients and emergency medicine doctors.

“We are working diligently to protect and care for the communities we serve, and respond quickly to this evolving public health crisis,” hospital officials added.

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[Feature Photo: JardonB/Wiki Commons]