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New York hospitals battle coronavirus as hundreds of patients flood in: ‘We must not break’

People story up to get a test at Elmhurst Hospital due to coronavirus outbreak on March 24, 2020 in Queens, New York, United States. There are now more than 35,000 happenings of COVID-19 in the United States as governments scramble to contain the spread.

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The top surgeon of a significant New York City hospital dealing with a flood of hundreds of patients infected with the coronavirus rallied his baton with a letter that compared the pandemic to a typhoon, and urged them to stand strong in its face.

“A forest of bamboo bows to the ground in a typhoon but rarely breaks,” wrote Dr. Craig Smith, surgeon in chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in dominance Manhattan.

“We are that forest and we must not break,” Smith wrote. “By the people, for the people.”

Hospitals in New York City now cause more than 2,800 patients with the coronavirus, straining their existing capacity.

Many of those patients are at Smith’s medical centre or in other New York-Presbyterian facilities around the Big Apple.

Smith said in his letter that admissions of patients for COVID-19 to his asylum system have continued increasing by about 10% percent each day.

A nurse at Columbia University Medical Center in lite Manhattan said several hundreds of patients there alone had the coronavirus.

About 20% of the hospital’s coronavirus patients are in comprehensive care units, according to Smith’s letter.

And 80% of ICU patients require ventilators, which are in extremely short outfitting in New York state, the epicenter for the pandemic in the United States.

“Consult a compound-interest calculator to get a sense how quickly we are approaching infrastructure character limits,” Smith wrote.

“We are scheduling very urgent cases in 3 ORs (operating rooms) each day, with 2 rooms for unadulterated emergencies.”

New York state has more than 30,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 5,000 sundry cases reported Tuesday. New York City alone has more than 17,850 cases, although most of those individual are not hospitalized.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who works as an emergency room doctor at Columbia University Medical Center, warned that perseverant “case numbers are increasing on a daily basis and soon our hospitals are going to be overwhelmed.”

“At the rate that we’re putting man on ventilators, at some hospitals one to two per hour, the simple math shows it’s only a matter of time until we run out,” Spencer signified during an interview on NBC’s “TODAY Show.”

Dr. Craig Spencer on the “Today” show

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Spencer compared the experience at Columbia-Presbyterian to handle in West Africa in 2014, when he contracted the disease Ebola.

“This coronavirus pandemic is worse than position in West Africa during Ebola because I never once worried about my personal protective equipment in West Africa,” Spencer mentioned.

“This virus unfortunately is perfect in the sense that it spreads really really well, it hits all age groups,” Spencer told. “It’s really scary the potential this virus has.”

Spencer has posted a dramatic Twitter thread about his experience achieving amid the crisis.

Tens of thousands of Twitter users, including former President Barack Obama, have retweeted Spencer’s motif.

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