唐山车展：|医生日志|纽约抗疫前线ICU医生 (连载五) 语音朗读
Forth Week of March
N.Y.C. Covid-19 cases, March 26: 23,112
I am scheduled to be off from work for several days. The evening before I’m due to return to the hospital, a colleague messages our group to say that a 49-year-old Covid patient of hers, who was waiting in the E.R. for an inpatient bed, was found blue and dead in a chair. Nobody even knows if he gasped before he died.
On my way to work, I hear on the radio that a 48-year-old nurse from another New York City hospital has died from coronavirus. Someone else tells me that an anesthesiologist at our hospital is on a ventilator. A surgeon and an E.R. doctor across town are in similar states.
When I walk through the hospital doors, the E.R. is a place I no longer recognize. Intubated patients, of every age, are on ventilators everywhere. It feels simultaneously electrifying and oppressive. But it’s also eerily quiet. Family members and friends haven’t been allowed into the E.R. for more than a week; most of the patients are too sick to talk; the few without breathing tubes who are able to cough are muffled by their masks. Oxygen hisses in the background.,
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