Inside the Red Zone
Moments after two nurses in protective gear wrapped the body of a 58-year-old man who succumbed to COVID-19, the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” played over the public address system to mark the discharge of another coronavirus patient.
This was April of 2020.
My colleague David Olson and I spent days donning full PPE inside Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital, including in the emergency department and intensive care units, and chronicled how COVID-19 had transformed South Nassau and the way medical professionals delivered care. Health care workers portrayed a hospital under siege by a disease that kills unmercifully and does so in a way that confounded the most experienced doctors and nurses at the time.