A nurse at a Manhattan hospital shared a chilling image of a makeshift morgue for coronavirus patients, in order to underscore how serious the pandemic really is.
The 38-year-old registered nurse at a Manhattan hospital was nearing the end of his shift Sunday morning when he stepped toward the building’s ambulance bay.
There, a giant refrigerator truck was sitting, ready to carry away those who had died from complications of COVID-19.
He walked up to the truck, opened the latch, and snapped a picture.
“I took it to show to people,” the nurse told Buzzfeed. “It is the ghastly reality of what we deal with and where some of us have ended up already.”
According to text messages he sent to Buzzfeed, one of the bodies in the truck was a 71-year-old woman who he had watched take her last breath the night before.
She’d tested positive a week earlier and was sent home, returning to the hospital with shortness of breath. She asked not to be intubated and died.
“I never had the patience to sit with somebody I’d just met until they took their last breath. But I really liked this lady’s cardigan and pajamas so I decided to stay and get to know her a little,” he said over text message. “Her hair was elegantly done with a sharp, meticulous clip and casually pulled up with a bandana that matched her house clothes. Perhaps if she’d covered her face with it instead, she wouldn’t have ended up here in the first place. But she didn’t die alone.”
The image was shortly followed by disturbing footage from a different New York City borough showing a forklift loading what appear to be body bags into the back of a truck.
“This is live from Brooklyn, New York,” the cameraman said over the footage. “They’re putting bodies in the back of a freezer truck.”
Coronavirus cases top 300,000 in U.S
At least 8,100 people have died of coronavirus in the US while global death toll surged past 60,000.
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States surpassed 300,000 on Saturday, with more than 8,000 deaths.
The updated total came as Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, reiterated that the risk of a coronavirus resurgence is real.
New York state’s coronavirus death toll has risen at a devastating pace to reach 3,565, up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour jump recorded there.