Bronx ER doc says end the lockdown, get back to work

Bronx ER doc says end the lockdown, get back to work
File: ER during COVID-19 outbreak, Maimonides Hospital, Brooklyn. ABC Nightline video

[Ed. – Although the high-profile experts haven’t been inclined to speak of the COVID-19 wave cresting as a “discrete, noticeable event,” the sense has been there in reporting from — as I recall — South Korea and Italy, at the very least.  Both had big flurries like NYC’s, with then noticeable drop-offs.  Interesting read.]

I’m an emergency physician at St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx. I have been in the ER every day these last few weeks, either supervising or providing direct care. I contracted a COVID-19 infection very early in the outbreak, as did two of my daughters, one of whom is a nurse. We are all well, thank God.

COVID-19 has been the worst health care disaster of my 30-year ­career, because of its intensity, duration and potential for lasting impact. The lasting impact is what worries me the most. And it’s why I now believe we should end the lockdown and rapidly get back to work. …

First, the wave has crested. At 1 p.m. April 7, the COVID-19 arrivals slowed down. It was a discrete, noticeable event. Stretchers became available by 5 p.m., and the number of arriving COVID-19 patients dropped below the number discharged, transferred or deceased.

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This was striking, because the community I serve is poor.

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