The saying ‘not all heroes wear capes’ has become trite and is frequently used ironically. But how else are you supposed to describe a Southwest Airlines plane full of doctors and nurses flying into the hardest hit region for the novel coronavirus?
As I write this the U.S. has approximately 125,000 confirmed cases, half of which are in the New York-New Jersey area alone.
As makeshift hospital beds are set up, the city tries splitting ventilators so that they can support more than one patient at a time, and experimenting with whether the blood plasma from a recovered patient can help fight the virus in a sick patient, there aren’t enough medical professionals to care for everyone who is sick.
This twitter thread shares what it was like in New York hospitals a week ago, before things had even gotten so bad.
Each of these women and men are taking on real personal risk to help the people of New York. There’s not enough personal protective gear. Over 50 doctors have died of COVID-19 in Italy so far. And yet they’re all smiling, even knowing what’s in store.