NYC nurse dies from coronavirus, as hospital staff reveal ‘unsafe’ working conditions
A medical professor among the 365 dead in New York City from the coronavirus, his sister told NBC news.
Kious Jordan Kelly, 48, the assistant nurse manager at Mount Sinai West hospital, died on Tuesday after becoming ill two weeks ago, according social media posts from his friends.
His sister, Marya Sherron told the New York Post that he told her he was feeling sick nearly 10 days prior. “He told me he had the coronavirus,” she said. “He was in ICU but he thought he was OK. He didn’t think it was serious as it was.”
But Kelly also had severe asthma, his sister revealed during the interview. In his final days, his sister was unable to talk with him after he was put on a ventilator.
“We are broken,” Sherron said of her and her family.
Sherron said she’s sharing her brother’s story because he was an amazing person, adding that she wants “the powers that be” to be held accountable.
According to reports from social media and additional reporting from the New York Post, the nurses at Mount Sinai and other nearby hospitals have been working in severe and unsanitary conditions.
Nurses at Mount Sinai shared photos of them posing in the hallway wearing trash bags as protective gear. In the caption, the nurses pleaded with audiences to “please donate PPE” which stands for “personal protective gear.”
Besides being a severe, and possibly fatal health risk, the photos are horrible PR for the city and the federal government for failing to respond to the needs of our health care workers who are risking their lives to save hundreds-of-thousands.
“My colleagues and I are re-using N95 masks for days at a time, which was unthinkable before,” a physician at Mount Sinai Hospital revealed. “Look, we’re doing things that at any other time would be considered unsafe practice and that we would be called out for. But there’s simply no other option given the volume that we’re dealing with. We were not prepared for this.”
Most of the medical professionals have been cautioned from speaking to the media but The Independent and New York Post were able to get some information from anonymous sources about the lack of equipment.
One nurse told The Independent that their hospital was re-using N-95 respirators for up to 30 days – saying they found that “baffling.”
Hillary Clinton was also shocked by the current hospital conditions. Tweeting this Thursday morning:
Nurses also want people to understand that this virus is not only dangerous for the sick and elderly.
“I took care of over the weekend were in their 30’s. Both with no known past medical history,” they said.
“Relatively young people — age 30 through 50 — often male, with little to no known past medical history are getting sick from this virus, getting intubated, [and] dying,” they said. “The principles of social distancing are not solely for protecting your grandparents.”
Supplies aren’t the only issue, there’s also a shortage of staff. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo requested for any retired professionals to come back to work. Overl 52,000 people responded to his request.
A 71-year-old retired nurse said she was eager to get back to work.
“Since my retirement, I’ve been missing caring for people. This is an opportunity for me to help people again,” Cathy Howard told TIME.
Many people have rallied behind the nation’s doctors, nurses and supporting safe to have safer working conditions.
Others emphasized the how fatal, and dangerous, this could become for health care workers:
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