Doctors at NYC hospitals are describing the coronavirus outbreak as “hell,” “biblical” — and even worse than 9/11.
Dr. Steve Kasspidis, of Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria, told Sky News that the daily routine of treating infected patients has become increasingly grim.
“People come in, they get intubated, they die, the cycle repeats,” he said. “The system is overwhelmed all over the place.”
“9/11 was nothing compared to this,” he added. “We were open waiting for patients to come who never came, OK? Now they just keep coming.”
A 55-year-old lab tech at Mount Sinai West in Manhattan, who declined to give her name, said “everyone is scared” — and also compared the pandemic to the 2001 terrorist attacks.
“It’s human nature to be scared with something this evil going around,” she told The Post. “I started my career during the AIDS epidemic and this is much worse. It’s the same feeling we had after 9/11, that same silence in the streets. It’s like the city that suffered from insomnia finally fell asleep.”
“People are scared and they have a right to be,” she added. “The virus is living everywhere. Someone spits on the sidewalk, it stays there, it gets on your shoe, it stays there. 24 hours, sometimes 72 hours. We are all going to get it, just in different ways. There’s no escaping this, not in New York.”
In a daily update written by Craig R. Smith, chair of the Columbia University Department of Surgery, he emphasized the gravity of the situation.
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