The New York Times

The New York Times 22 Mar 2020

How New Yorkers Are Coping With Coronavirus


With restrictions tightened on businesses and daily activity, residents are grappling with uncertainty about resources, health care and their paychecks.

France has become the fourth country in the world to register more than 10,000 coronavirus-linked deaths.
It now has more than 110,000 reported cases of the virus.
Across Europe health systems are struggling to cope.
Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports.
Rams head coach Sean McVay discusses the Brandin Cooks trade. Plus, how his organization is dealing with a player testing positive for coronavirus.
Healthcare systems around the world are under stress. Rising numbers of COIVD-19 patients are seeking treatment, pushing hospitals to the brink of collapse. But if you look closely, there are differences. In the US, healthcare is largely privatized. In an effort to cut costs, many hospitals have reduced staff and stretched resources that are now urgently needed. Many clinics are overwhelmed. The same goes for countries like Italy and Spain which were burdened with severe austerity measures after the last financial crisis. State-run healthcare systems, on the other hand, are proving to be more robust to deal with the crisis, some experts say. In many countries, this has sparked a discussion about whether healthcare should be a public good run by the state or a business model.
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“We’re going to put out an executive order today.
New York State on pause —
only essential businesses will be functioning.
100% of the workforce must stay home.
This is the most drastic action we can take.”
“Everything is uncharted territory.
Nobody knows what’s going to happen
in the news any minute.”
“I think I’ve been asking a lot of how we
could have prevented this.”
“Am I going to see another depression
like my grandfather saw in the 1920s?”
“Over the past few days, New York City
has taken a lot of important measures.
I’m just worried it came a little bit too late.”
“I think I’m scared of having to see more death
and from reading stories from abroad, having to make
decisions about resources.
And I’m worried people in my life
are going to die from it.
A few days ago, I had to watch a patient basically
slowly die.
I just felt helpless.
This is the first time I’ve really seen people that I
truly don’t know how to help.
And they are coming in so sick that everything
I’m used to doing to be able to treat them,
I can’t really do.”
“How was your day off, Mich?”
“It was emotional, to say the least.”
“It’s just, like, the hospital has been insane.
And every hour, like, things are changing.
So it’s just, like, trying to keep up
with that while trying to read about what I should be
treating these people with, while people are rolling
in the worst —
I don’t know.
They say in 18 days it’s supposed to get really bad.
I guarantee you tomorrow we’re going
to have like 1,000 more.
The numbers are going to go up.”
“That’s no problem at all.
Thank you very much.
That’s very nice.
Thank you.
Sounds good.
See you then.
Well, I have been working.
A lot of people are not, which is hard.
This place used to have 30 employees,
and on Sunday we let go of 90% of the staff.
We want to reopen so we can rehire people, you know?
It was really hard to let everyone go.
These are people that are at the level,
they’re not wealthy, you know?
This is a very harsh reality.
And actually what the job is, is smiling through stress.
And this is hard to smile through.”
[Rain falling]
“It’s go time here at the community kitchen.
This is the time where we have to ramp up
our services to be very sensitive to how
people are feeling.
People are coming to us feeling vulnerable.
They maybe work in the restaurant industry.
People who work in Broadway
and in a lot of the behind-the-scenes,
they’re coming here saying,
well, I don’t have work.
So those industries are the folks
that are the first ones that we’re seeing come through.
But we’re preparing to see more people come through
in need.”
“All programming at the senior center
is suspended for the next two weeks.
Stay safe and have a good day.”
“So this is not business as usual.
We don’t know what’s coming up if people
have to stay in their homes for a longer period of time.
And we want to make sure people are getting food,
especially since a lot of industries are out of work.
We are expecting a lot of new people,
and we are going to be ready to receive them.
This is all very new for them, and some of them
are feeling guilt or shame
coming to an emergency food program.
So we have to remember that we do this all the time,
but for them, it’s something new
and something that they feel anxious about doing.
We’re just getting them registered.
They’re getting food.
That’s our main priority is people are getting food.”
[Sighing with exasperation]
“I’m not supposed to touch my face.
Hold on a second.”
“I have prepared myself already,
mentally, multiple times, to go back to Oregon
and leave this entire beautiful dream behind me.
So many people, including many of my friends,
are working at bars, at restaurants,
which are now closed.
And now we’re all at home, wondering,
Can we make it another month?
Can our families afford to pay their mortgages at home?
Do we just need to go back and start
working, just so we can help our own families, the people
that we love the most, stay in the homes that we grew up in?
It’s hard to think that my mom or my dad
are never going to see retirement.
The best things that we can do right now as a community
is just to give ourselves over to something that
brings us true happiness.
Because right now, it feels like it’s
about to get very desperate.”
“This is only something that we can get through
if we’re working together.
There will be so much suffering,
unnecessary suffering,
if we’re not really looking out for each other
and if we only think about ourselves and our well-being.
We have to be thinking about each other.”
[Birds chirping]

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