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MSNBC 25 Mar 2020

Inside A NYC Hospital In An 'Apocalyptic' Situation

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NY Times investigative reporter MIchael Rothfeld tells Lawrence O'Donnell what's happening inside Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, where waiting rooms are full of potential coronavirus patients and 13 patients died in a single day.
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Facing a global health crisis "unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations," Secretary-General António Guterres today (19 Mar) called for a "coordinated, decisive, and innovative policy action from the world's leading economies."

Guterres, speaking to reporters remotely from UN Headquarters, said, "a global recession - perhaps of record dimensions - is a near certainty," and stressed that "current responses at the country level will not address the global scale and complexity of the crisis."

He welcomed the decision by G20 leaders to convene an emergency summit next week "to respond to the epic challenges" posed by the pandemic.

The Secretary-General said, "we are in an unprecedented situation and the normal rules no longer apply. We cannot resort to the usual tools in such unusual times. The creativity of the response must match the unique nature of the crisis - and the magnitude of the response must match its scale.

He highlighted three critical areas for action; tackling the health emergency, focusing on the social impact and the economic response and recovery, and thirdly, a responsibility to "recover better."

Guterres said, "if we let the virus spread like wildfire - especially in the most vulnerable regions of the world -- it would kill millions of people" and urged nations to "immediately move away from a situation where each country is undertaking its own health strategies to one that ensures, in full transparency, a coordinated global response."

These strategies, he said, include "wage support, insurance, social protection, preventing bankruptcies and job loss" as well as "designing fiscal and monetary responses to ensure that the burden does not fall on those who can least afford it."

Noting that "more than 800 million children are out of school right now," Guterres said "we must ensure that all children have access to food and equal access to learning - bridging the digital divide and reducing the costs of connectivity."

The Secretary-General concluded by saying "we have a responsibility to ‘recover better'" and to "ensure that lessons are learned and that this crisis provides a watershed moment for health emergency preparedness and for investment in critical 21st century public services and the effective delivery of global public goods."

Asked about how these initiatives would be funded, Guterres said, "wee see that whenever there is a problem in banking system, trillions appear to solve the problems of the banks. And these trillions must appear now. The governments and central banks must work to guarantee that there is liquidity in the economy, but also that funds are mobilized to those who are most in need. And those who are most in need are people, on one hand, and the poorest countries on the the other. "

He said, "it is absolutely essential to show solidarity in the way we respond to the crisis."
CNN's Miguel Marquez gets an exclusive look inside a New York City hospital where doctors and staff are working tirelessly to save coronavirus patients.
The COVID-19 outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which still has by far the largest number of cases worldwide.

Sky's Asia correspondent Tom Cheshire spoke to a healthcare worker at a hospital inside Wuhan, who said when the outbreak began supplies were scarce and people thought they were going to die.
Weeks into their battle against the coronavirus in Italy, doctors are still reeling. Two doctors filmed inside their ICU at Santissima Annunziata University Hospital in Chieti, Italy, where patients are struggling to recover.

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>>> FAMILY MEMBERS OF PATIENTS
>>> FAMILY MEMBERS OF PATIENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED INSIDE ELM
ARE NOT PERMITTED INSIDE ELM HURST HOSPITAL IN THE QUEENS
HURST HOSPITAL IN THE QUEENS NEIGHBORHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY.
NEIGHBORHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY. BECAUSE THE HOSPITAL IS NOW
BECAUSE THE HOSPITAL IS NOW OVERWHELMED WITH CORONAVIRUS
OVERWHELMED WITH CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS AND IS SHIFTING TO
PATIENTS AND IS SHIFTING TO DEDICATING ITS 545 BEDS ENTIRELY
DEDICATING ITS 545 BEDS ENTIRELY TO CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS.
TO CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" IS
"THE NEW YORK TIMES" IS REPORTING THAT DR. ASHLEY BRAY
REPORTING THAT DR. ASHLEY BRAY DESCRIBES THE SITUATION AT ELM
DESCRIBES THE SITUATION AT ELM HURST HOSPITAL AS APOCALYPTIC.
HURST HOSPITAL AS APOCALYPTIC. THE TIMES REPORTS ON TUESDAY,
THE TIMES REPORTS ON TUESDAY, DR. ASHLEY BRAY PERFORMED CHEST
DR. ASHLEY BRAY PERFORMED CHEST COMPRESSIONS AT ELM HURST
COMPRESSIONS AT ELM HURST HOSPITAL CENTER ON A WOMAN IN
HOSPITAL CENTER ON A WOMAN IN HER 80s, A MAN IN HIS 60s AND A
HER 80s, A MAN IN HIS 60s AND A 38-YEAR-OLD WHO REMINDED THE
38-YEAR-OLD WHO REMINDED THE DOCTOR OF HER FIANCEE, ALL
DOCTOR OF HER FIANCEE, ALL TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE
TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AND HAD GONE INTO
CORONAVIRUS AND HAD GONE INTO CARDIAC ARREST, ALL EVENTUALLY
CARDIAC ARREST, ALL EVENTUALLY DIED.
DIED. WHEN DR. BRAY TRIED TO GET IN
WHEN DR. BRAY TRIED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE FAMILY OF THE
TOUCH WITH THE FAMILY OF THE 38-YEAR-OLD WHO DIED, SHE
38-YEAR-OLD WHO DIED, SHE DISCOVERED THAT THE MAN’S MOTHER
DISCOVERED THAT THE MAN’S MOTHER WAS A CORONAVIRUS PATIENT AT
WAS A CORONAVIRUS PATIENT AT ANOTHER HOSPITAL.
ANOTHER HOSPITAL. WE WEREN’T ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH
WE WEREN’T ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANYBODY DR. BRAY SAID.
WITH ANYBODY DR. BRAY SAID. SUCH ARE THE WAYS OF LIFE AND
SUCH ARE THE WAYS OF LIFE AND DEATH IN NEW YORK CITY TONIGHT.
DEATH IN NEW YORK CITY TONIGHT. MORE THAN 2,800 CORONAVIRUS
MORE THAN 2,800 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED
PATIENTS HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. THE HOSPITALS ARE EXPECTING THAT
THE HOSPITALS ARE EXPECTING THAT NUMBER TO GO WAY UP FROM THERE.
NUMBER TO GO WAY UP FROM THERE. DONALD TRUMP KEEPS TALKING ABOUT
DONALD TRUMP KEEPS TALKING ABOUT A HOSPITAL SHIP HE’S SENDING TO
A HOSPITAL SHIP HE’S SENDING TO NEW YORK WITH 1,000 BEDS BUT IT
NEW YORK WITH 1,000 BEDS BUT IT NOT GOING TO ARRIVE UNTIL AFTER
NOT GOING TO ARRIVE UNTIL AFTER EASTER WHEN DONALD TRUMP WANTS
EASTER WHEN DONALD TRUMP WANTS EVERYONE TO GO BACK TO WORK.
EVERYONE TO GO BACK TO WORK. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" IS
"THE NEW YORK TIMES" IS REPORTING TONIGHT ALL OF THE
REPORTING TONIGHT ALL OF THE MORE THAN 1800 INTENSIVE CARE
MORE THAN 1800 INTENSIVE CARE UNITS IN THE CITY ARE EXPECTED
UNITS IN THE CITY ARE EXPECTED TO BE FULL BY FRIDAY ACCORDING
TO BE FULL BY FRIDAY ACCORDING THE A FEDERAL EMERGENCY
THE A FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY BRIEFING
MANAGEMENT AGENCY BRIEFING OBTAINED BY "THE NEW YORK
OBTAINED BY "THE NEW YORK TIMES."
TIMES." PATIENTS COULD STAY FOR WEEKS,
PATIENTS COULD STAY FOR WEEKS, LIMITING SPACE FOR NEWLY
LIMITING SPACE FOR NEWLY SICKENED PEOPLE.
SICKENED PEOPLE. JOINING US NOW IS ONE OF THE
JOINING US NOW IS ONE OF THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTERS ON
"NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTERS ON THIS STORY MICHAEL, A "NEW YORK
THIS STORY MICHAEL, A "NEW YORK TIMES" INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER.
TIMES" INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER. MICHAEL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
MICHAEL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.
JOINING US TONIGHT. APPRECIATE IT.
APPRECIATE IT. ONE OF THE POINTS YOU MAKE IN
ONE OF THE POINTS YOU MAKE IN THIS ARTICLE IS THAT THE PEOPLE
THIS ARTICLE IS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SHOWING UP AT THE
WHO ARE SHOWING UP AT THE HOSPITAL NOW ARE MUCH SICKER
HOSPITAL NOW ARE MUCH SICKER THAN THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SHOWING
THAN THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SHOWING UP EARLIER BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE
UP EARLIER BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE BEING TOLD TO WAIT AND STAY AT
BEING TOLD TO WAIT AND STAY AT HOME AND SELF-QUARANTINE AND SEE
HOME AND SELF-QUARANTINE AND SEE IF THEIR SYMPTOMS DEVELOP AND SO
IF THEIR SYMPTOMS DEVELOP AND SO NOW THEY’RE WAITING LONGER
NOW THEY’RE WAITING LONGER BEFORE THEY SHOW UP AT THE
BEFORE THEY SHOW UP AT THE HOSPITAL.
HOSPITAL. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO THE WAY
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO THE WAY THEY CAN BE TREATED?
THEY CAN BE TREATED? >> WELL, IT JUST MEANS THAT --
>> WELL, IT JUST MEANS THAT -- WELL, THE TRUTH IS IF THEY ARE
WELL, THE TRUTH IS IF THEY ARE GOING TO GET VERY SICK AND GOING
GOING TO GET VERY SICK AND GOING TO HAVE PROBLEMS BREATHING AND
TO HAVE PROBLEMS BREATHING AND NEED OXYGEN, THERE’S ACTUALLY
NEED OXYGEN, THERE’S ACTUALLY NOT MUCH THAT THE DOCTORS CAN DO
NOT MUCH THAT THE DOCTORS CAN DO EXCEPT TRY TO HOLD OFF THE FLU
EXCEPT TRY TO HOLD OFF THE FLU UNTIL THEIR BODY’S IMMUNE SYSTEM
UNTIL THEIR BODY’S IMMUNE SYSTEM KICKS IN BUT WHAT IT ESSENTIALLY
KICKS IN BUT WHAT IT ESSENTIALLY MEANS IS PEOPLE ARE COMING IN,
MEANS IS PEOPLE ARE COMING IN, THEY ARE ALREADY SICK AND SOME
THEY ARE ALREADY SICK AND SOME OF THEM ARE GETTING MUCH SICKER,
OF THEM ARE GETTING MUCH SICKER, MUCH MORE QUICKLY LIKE WITHIN
MUCH MORE QUICKLY LIKE WITHIN HOURS OR, YOU KNOW, A DAY OF
HOURS OR, YOU KNOW, A DAY OF GOING INTO THE HOSPITAL AND SO
GOING INTO THE HOSPITAL AND SO THEY START NEEDING MORE AND MORE
THEY START NEEDING MORE AND MORE VENTILATORS, MORE OXYGEN AND IT
VENTILATORS, MORE OXYGEN AND IT BECOMES VERY DIRE SITUATION WITH
BECOMES VERY DIRE SITUATION WITH A LOT OF VERY SICK PEOPLE, MORE
A LOT OF VERY SICK PEOPLE, MORE THAN THE HOSPITAL CAN HANDLE.
THAN THE HOSPITAL CAN HANDLE. >> MICHAEL, I READ A LOT MORE OF
>> MICHAEL, I READ A LOT MORE OF YOUR REPORTING AT THE BEGINNING
YOUR REPORTING AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS HOUR INCLUDING YOUR
OF THIS HOUR INCLUDING YOUR REPORT ABOUT THE LINE THAT FORMS
REPORT ABOUT THE LINE THAT FORMS AT 6:00 A.M. OF PEOPLE TRYING TO
AT 6:00 A.M. OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GET INTO THE HOSPITAL JUST TO BE
GET INTO THE HOSPITAL JUST TO BE TESTED AND WE READ THE QUOTES
TESTED AND WE READ THE QUOTES FROM THE MAN WHO WAS IN THAT
FROM THE MAN WHO WAS IN THAT LINE FOR A FEW DAYS AND DIDN’T
LINE FOR A FEW DAYS AND DIDN’T GET IN THERE, STILL DOESN’T
GET IN THERE, STILL DOESN’T KNOW.
KNOW. WHEN YOU WERE REPORTING ON THIS,
WHEN YOU WERE REPORTING ON THIS, THIS FOUR OF YOU WHO WORKED ON
THIS FOUR OF YOU WHO WORKED ON THIS ARTICLE, SOME OF YOU HAD TO
THIS ARTICLE, SOME OF YOU HAD TO GO TO THAT LINE AND TALK TO
GO TO THAT LINE AND TALK TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE
THOSE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE INFECTED.
INFECTED. HOW PROTECTED WERE YOU AS
HOW PROTECTED WERE YOU AS REPORTERS WHEN YOU WERE DOING
REPORTERS WHEN YOU WERE DOING THAT?
THAT? >> WELL, MY COLLEAGUE WENT OUT
>> WELL, MY COLLEAGUE WENT OUT THERE A COUPLE DAYS, TODAY AND
THERE A COUPLE DAYS, TODAY AND YESTERDAY AND SPOKE TO THESE
YESTERDAY AND SPOKE TO THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE LINE FOR
PEOPLE WHO WERE IN THE LINE FOR THE TENT AND SHE I THINK WAS
THE TENT AND SHE I THINK WAS CAREFUL TO KEEP A DISTANCE FROM
CAREFUL TO KEEP A DISTANCE FROM THOSE PEOPLE AND I DON’T BELIEVE
THOSE PEOPLE AND I DON’T BELIEVE SHE HAD A MASK ON, BUT I MEAN,
SHE HAD A MASK ON, BUT I MEAN, VERY OBVIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT
VERY OBVIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT HER SAFETY AND, YOU KNOW, IT
HER SAFETY AND, YOU KNOW, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE TENT IS
SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE TENT IS NOT PART OF THE HOSPITAL AND IT
NOT PART OF THE HOSPITAL AND IT ACTUALLY WHERE PEOPLE WHO THEY
ACTUALLY WHERE PEOPLE WHO THEY MAY NOT BE THE SICKEST PEOPLE
MAY NOT BE THE SICKEST PEOPLE BUT THEY DO WANT TO BE TESTED
BUT THEY DO WANT TO BE TESTED AND THE HOSPITAL OFFERS THEM THE
AND THE HOSPITAL OFFERS THEM THE OPTION OF GETTING TESTED AS
OPTION OF GETTING TESTED AS OPPOSED TO IF YOU’RE GOING INTO
OPPOSED TO IF YOU’RE GOING INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM RIGHT NOW,
THE EMERGENCY ROOM RIGHT NOW, THEY’RE JUST RESERVING THAT FOR
THEY’RE JUST RESERVING THAT FOR THE SICKEST PEOPLE AND THEY’RE
THE SICKEST PEOPLE AND THEY’RE NOT GOING TO TURN YOU AWAY BUT
NOT GOING TO TURN YOU AWAY BUT THEY’RE NOT GOING TO TEST YOU IN
THEY’RE NOT GOING TO TEST YOU IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM.
THE EMERGENCY ROOM. SO THIS TESTING TENT KIND OF
SO THIS TESTING TENT KIND OF BECAUSE THEY’VE HAD SUCH
BECAUSE THEY’VE HAD SUCH TREMENDOUS VOLUME AT ELMHURST,
TREMENDOUS VOLUME AT ELMHURST, THE TENT RELIEFVES THE PRESSURE
THE TENT RELIEFVES THE PRESSURE ON THE INSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL

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