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MSNBC 27 Mar 2020

Boston Doctor Describes 'Crowded' Hospitals, Praises Medical Staff

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Dr. Joshua Barocas of Boston University School of Medicine explains the situation in the city's emergency room's and ICU's, and he also says the city's hospitals need 'space, staff and stuff' to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Aired on 3/27/2020.


Lebanese musicians from the Most Beautiful Chaos Association organize a concert for medical staff, Thursday, April 23, at the Notre Dame Des Secours Hospital in Byblos to show them support for their efforts in helping contain the coronavirus.
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The government says it's reached its goal of 100,000 tests each day for coronavirus. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the figure of more than 120,000 tests included 40,000 kits sent by post which may not yet have been used.

However some frontline medical staff say they are still struggling to access tests and critics have called the government's target a distraction.

Meanwhile new figures have revealed that people living in deprived parts of England and Wales are more than twice as likely to die from coronavirus infection as people in affluent areas.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reports from Health Editor Hugh Pym and Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan.
Lights sparkled on Paris' Eiffel Tower during sunset, in an evening tribute to medical staff fighting COVID-19.

Landmarks across the world have lit up to show solidarity to front line health care workers amid the pandemic.
Police in Nassau County organized a parade and a bagpipes concert outside Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital to honor medical staff in Oceanside, New York, Wednesday, May 13.
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QUARANTINING AND A HEAVIER WORK LOAD FOR THEND REMAINING WORKERS
LOAD FOR THEND REMAINING WORKERS PUTTING THOSE STAFF MEMBERS AT
PUTTING THOSE STAFF MEMBERS AT RISK.ER
RISK.ER LET’S BRING IN AN ASSISTANT
LET’S BRING IN AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MEDICINE AND AN
DIRECTOR OF MEDICINE AND AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST IN
INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST IN BOSTON.
BOSTON. YOU OBVIOUSLY UP IN BOSTON HAVE
YOU OBVIOUSLY UP IN BOSTON HAVE A COLLECTION OF SOME OF THE VERY
A COLLECTION OF SOME OF THE VERY BEST HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD.
BEST HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD. JUST GIVE US A SNAPSHOT, WE GAVE
JUST GIVE US A SNAPSHOT, WE GAVE A LITTLE BIT OF THE INFORMATION
A LITTLE BIT OF THE INFORMATION THERE OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN
THERE OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN THOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS.
THOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS. WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN THE ICUs
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN THE ICUs UP IN BOSTON AS IT RELATES TO
UP IN BOSTON AS IT RELATES TO CORONAVIRUS.
CORONAVIRUS. >> SO IT’S -- THEY’RE CROWDED.
>> SO IT’S -- THEY’RE CROWDED. THE PEOPLE ARE -- THERE’S -- I
THE PEOPLE ARE -- THERE’S -- I WOULD SAY THAT THERE’S NOT
WOULD SAY THAT THERE’S NOT NECESSARILY CHAOS.
NECESSARILY CHAOS. I WANT TO NURSES AND DOCTORS AND
I WANT TO NURSES AND DOCTORS AND ENTIRE STAFF ARE DOING AN
ENTIRE STAFF ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB AT PROJECTING THAT
AMAZING JOB AT PROJECTING THAT CALM,IN AT REMAINING CALM, AND
CALM,IN AT REMAINING CALM, AND SORT OF IMPLEMENTING WHAT
SORT OF IMPLEMENTING WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED TO DO OVER YEARS
THEY’VE LEARNED TO DO OVER YEARS OF TRAINING.
OF TRAINING. THAT SAID, THERE’S A CONSTANT
THAT SAID, THERE’S A CONSTANT INFLUX OF PATIENTS.
INFLUX OF PATIENTS. I’M ONF THE PHONE CONSTANTLY WI
I’M ONF THE PHONE CONSTANTLY WI THE DISCHARGE PLANNERS TRYING TO
THE DISCHARGE PLANNERS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHEN SOMEONE CAN BE
FIGURE OUT WHEN SOMEONE CAN BE DISCHARGED, WHERE THEY CAN BE
DISCHARGED, WHERE THEY CAN BE DISCHARGED ERTO, IF IT’S SAFE TO
DISCHARGED ERTO, IF IT’S SAFE TO BE DISCHARGED.
BE DISCHARGED. THIS
THIS IS A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT AND
IS A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT AND TAKING A LOT OF HUMAN RESOURCE
TAKING A LOT OF HUMAN RESOURCE RIGHT NOW AS WELL AS TANGIBLE
RIGHT NOW AS WELL AS TANGIBLE RESOURCES.
RESOURCES. >> WE’VE HEARD SPECIFICALLY IN
>> WE’VE HEARD SPECIFICALLY IN NEW YORK CITY BUTRD ACROSS THE
NEW YORK CITY BUTRD ACROSS THE COUNTRY ABOUT THE DESPERATE NEED
COUNTRY ABOUT THE DESPERATE NEED IN HEALTH DEPARTMENTS FOR PPE,
IN HEALTH DEPARTMENTS FOR PPE, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT,
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, MASKS, GOWNS, GLOVES, BOOTYS,
MASKS, GOWNS, GLOVES, BOOTYS, THINGS LIKE THAT.
THINGS LIKE THAT. WHERE DOES IT STAND IN YOUR
WHERE DOES IT STAND IN YOUR HOSPITAL.
HOSPITAL. HOW DESPERATE IS THE NEED THERE?
HOW DESPERATE IS THE NEED THERE? >>EE THIS IS AN ONGOING DISCUSSI
>>EE THIS IS AN ONGOING DISCUSSI EVERYG DAY IN OUR SECTION.
EVERYG DAY IN OUR SECTION. AND I KNOW ACROSS THE HOSPITAL.
AND I KNOW ACROSS THE HOSPITAL. CURRENTLY WE HAVE A MASK POLICY
CURRENTLY WE HAVE A MASK POLICY INMA PLACE HERE AT BOSTON MEDICA
INMA PLACE HERE AT BOSTON MEDICA CENTER WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH
CENTER WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT’SCO HAPPENING AT MASS GENER
WHAT’SCO HAPPENING AT MASS GENER ACROSS TOWN WHERE WE’RE GIVING
ACROSS TOWN WHERE WE’RE GIVING WORKERS A MASK TO USE FOR THE
WORKERS A MASK TO USE FOR THE DAY.
DAY. WE CURRENTLY HAVE A SUPPLY THAT
WE CURRENTLY HAVE A SUPPLY THAT IS ADEQUATE FOR THE TIME BEING
IS ADEQUATE FOR THE TIME BEING BUT LOOKING AT PROJECTIONS WE
BUT LOOKING AT PROJECTIONS WE REALLY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHERE
REALLY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHERE WE’RE HEADED, AND IT DOESN’T
WE’RE HEADED, AND IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY LOOK GOOD.
NECESSARILY LOOK GOOD. AS MANYLO OF YOUR GUESTS HAVE
AS MANYLO OF YOUR GUESTS HAVE ALREADYGU SAID THE SUPPLY CHAINS
ALREADYGU SAID THE SUPPLY CHAINS ARE DIFFICULT.
ARE DIFFICULT. I WAS WATCHING GOVERNOR BAKER
I WAS WATCHING GOVERNOR BAKER GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AND IT
GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AND IT WAS CLEAR HIS, HIS FRUSTRATION
WAS CLEAR HIS, HIS FRUSTRATION WITH THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND I’M
WITH THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND I’M CERTAINLY NOT SPEAKING FOR THE
CERTAINLY NOT SPEAKING FOR THE GOVERNOR, IT WAS JUST AS A
GOVERNOR, IT WAS JUST AS A SITUATION -- IT WAS ACTUALLY
SITUATION -- IT WAS ACTUALLY SOMEWHAT REASSURING TO KNOW THAT
SOMEWHAT REASSURING TO KNOW THAT WE WERE ATTO LEAST ALL IN THIS
WE WERE ATTO LEAST ALL IN THIS TOGETHER HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS.
TOGETHER HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS. >> DOCTOR, I WAS STRUCK BY
>> DOCTOR, I WAS STRUCK BY SOMETHING YOUTO POSTED ON SOCIAL
SOMETHING YOUTO POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHERE YOU SAID, AS YOU
MEDIA WHERE YOU SAID, AS YOU PREPARE TO LEAVE YOUR WIFE AND
PREPARE TO LEAVE YOUR WIFE AND KIDS FOR Y A WHILE AND GO INTO
KIDS FOR Y A WHILE AND GO INTO THESE ICUs AND EMERGENCY ROOMS
THESE ICUs AND EMERGENCY ROOMS YOU SAY I AM SCARED BUT MY
YOU SAY I AM SCARED BUT MY COMMUNITY NEEDS ME WHICH IS WHAT
COMMUNITY NEEDS ME WHICH IS WHAT I’VE W HEARD FROM DOCTORS ACROSS
I’VE W HEARD FROM DOCTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WHY YOU ARE
THE COUNTRY AND WHY YOU ARE RIGHTFULLY BEING CALLED HEROES
RIGHTFULLY BEING CALLED HEROES FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING.
FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING. YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW AN AUDIENCE,
YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW AN AUDIENCE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TANGLING WITH
PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TANGLING WITH GOVERNORS, BUTAN HE DOES SEEM TO
GOVERNORS, BUTAN HE DOES SEEM TO LISTEN TOTO DOCTORS, PEOPLE IN T
LISTEN TOTO DOCTORS, PEOPLE IN T FIGHT DIRECTLY.
FIGHT DIRECTLY. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY NOT JUST TO
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY NOT JUST TO THE PRESIDENT BUT THE FEDERAL
THE PRESIDENT BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
GOVERNMENT. WHAT DO YOU NEED AT YOUR
WHAT DO YOU NEED AT YOUR HOSPITAL AND HOW SOON DO YOU
HOSPITAL AND HOW SOON DO YOU NEED IT?
NEED IT? >> SO, WE’RE THINKING OF THINGS
>> SO, WE’RE THINKING OF THINGS IN THREE TERMS.
IN THREE TERMS. SPACE.
SPACE. STAFF.
STAFF. AND STUFF.
AND STUFF. SO RIGHT NOW OUR GOVERNOR IS
SO RIGHT NOW OUR GOVERNOR IS WORKING AND OUR MAYOR IS WORKING
WORKING AND OUR MAYOR IS WORKING TO, TO FIND SPACE FOR ALL THE
TO, TO FIND SPACE FOR ALL THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS THAT MAY
HEALTH CARE WORKERS THAT MAY NEEDRK TO BE QUARANTINED AND ALS
NEEDRK TO BE QUARANTINED AND ALS ALL OFIN OUR VULNERABLE
ALL OFIN OUR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS HERE IN
POPULATIONS HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS.
MASSACHUSETTS. PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING
PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ANDNC MAKING SURE
HOMELESSNESS ANDNC MAKING SURE THEY HAVE A SAFE PLACE TO GO.
THEY HAVE A SAFE PLACE TO GO. WITH REGARD TO STAFF, WE ARE --
WITH REGARD TO STAFF, WE ARE -- WE NEED THE PRESIDENT AND THE
WE NEED THE PRESIDENT AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO, TO BE IN
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO, TO BE IN LINE WITH THIS IDEA THAT WE’RE
LINE WITH THIS IDEA THAT WE’RE NOT ANYWHERE AHEAD OF THIS YET.
NOT ANYWHERE AHEAD OF THIS YET. WE’RE STILL ON THE UPSLOPE OF
WE’RE STILL ON THE UPSLOPE OF THE CURVE.
THE CURVE. SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE
SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC KNOWS
COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC KNOWS THAT THEE BEST THING THEY CAN D
THAT THEE BEST THING THEY CAN D TOG PROTECT THE STAFF IS TO
TOG PROTECT THE STAFF IS TO STAY-AT-HOME, TO WASH THEIR
STAY-AT-HOME, TO WASH THEIR HANDS, TO PRACTICE SOCIAL
HANDS, TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, ALL OF THOSE THINGS
DISTANCING, ALL OF THOSE THINGS WE’VE BEEN SAYING FOR WEEKS.
WE’VE BEEN SAYING FOR WEEKS. AND THEN FINALLY WE NEED STUFF.
AND THEN FINALLY WE NEED STUFF. THE SUPPLY CHAINS ARE, I KNOW, A
THE SUPPLY CHAINS ARE, I KNOW, A DIFFICULT THING.
WE HAVE A GROUP OF B.U., MEDICAL
WE HAVE A GROUP OF B.U., MEDICAL STUDENTS AND.U RESIDENTS WHO ARE
STUDENTS AND.U RESIDENTS WHO ARE COLLECTING MASKS R AND N-95s FRO
COLLECTING MASKS R AND N-95s FRO THE COMMUNITY.
THE COMMUNITY. I’VE SEEN THIS ACROSS THE
I’VE SEEN THIS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. AND ATH I REALLY THINK THAT RIGH
AND ATH I REALLY THINK THAT RIGH NOW UNLESS THERE’S A BIG SHIFT
NOW UNLESS THERE’S A BIG SHIFT IN HOW WE, WE GET MASKS AND
IN HOW WE, WE GET MASKS AND OTHER PPE TO OUR HEALTH CARE
OTHER PPE TO OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE
WORKERS, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE PROBLEMS WITHOI THE OTHER TWO Ss
PROBLEMS WITHOI THE OTHER TWO Ss THE OTHER TWO STAFF AND STUFF --
THE OTHER TWO STAFF AND STUFF -- THE STAFF AND THE SPACE.
THE STAFF AND THE SPACE. >> DOCTOR, I KNOW PEOPLE OF
>> DOCTOR, I KNOW PEOPLE OF BOSTON ARE GRATEFUL ANDLE THE
BOSTON ARE GRATEFUL ANDLE THE COUNTRY ISL GRATEFUL FOR PEOPLE
COUNTRY ISL GRATEFUL FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
LIKE YOU. WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING SOME
WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING SOME TIME.
TIME. I KNOW HOW BUSY IT IS FOR YOU

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