”Courage is not fearlessness; courage is what soldiers exhibit when they charge into battle despite their fears.”– Nicholas Kristof, “Life and Death in the Hot Zone,” New York Times, April 11, 2020
If you want to see what a NYC ER looks like in the middle of this, Nicholas Kristof has produced an enlightening six minute video that can be seen here. Obviously, things have been scrubbed for public consumption, but I applaud the bravery of this hospital for allowing this.
Every healthcare professional who keeps showing up to work in COVID-19 “hot zone” outbreaks exhibits courage.
The question is: At what price?
I see it in the eyes of my colleagues – docs, nurses, ER techs, security, administration. It’s both inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time.
I keep thinking – How long can they keep it up?