They Told Her Women Couldn’t Join the Ambulance Corps. So She Started Her Own.

Judge Rachel Freier has helped dozens of Orthodox Jewish women in New York City get training and start work as emergency medical technicians. In doing so, she challenged her community’s conception of the role women can play in public and professional life.

#ambulances, #emergency-medical-treatment, #ezras-nashim, #orthodox-judaism, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls

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My Covid-19 Patients Can’t Get the Treatment They Need

Doctors like me want monoclonal antibodies for our high-risk patients, but the medicine is hard to come by.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘It Felt Like Deception’: An Elite NYC Hospital Charges Huge Covid Test Fees

Insurers are stuck with the big bills from Lenox Hill, but the public ultimately pays through higher premiums.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #lenox-hill-hospital, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

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I Was an E.M.T. While Covid-19 Devastated New York

The losses emergency responders witnessed are beyond what human minds can grasp.

#ambulances, #bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #emergency-medical-service, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fire-department-nyc, #fires-and-firefighters, #first-aid, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #nine-one-one-911-emergency-phone-number, #rescues

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How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus

A dense population of vulnerable citizens set the stage for a frightening epidemic.

#central-falls-ri, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #loneliness, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #new-england-states-us, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #pawtucket-ri, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #providence-ri, #quarantines, #rhode-island, #rhode-island-hospital, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

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Her Eyelid Drooped and She Kept Getting Weaker. What Was Going On?

Dozens of tests turned up nothing. Then a specialist had a theory.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #immune-system, #tests-medical

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For Some Teens, It’s Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R.

During the pandemic, suicidal thinking is up. And families find that hospitals can’t handle adolescents in crisis.

#asheville-nc, #columbus-ohio, #emergency-medical-treatment, #emotions, #grief-emotion, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #hendersonville-nc, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Got a Pandemic Puppy? Learn How to Prevent Dog Bites

With new puppies and kids at home, doctors are worried about treating more children for dog bites.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #dogs, #emergency-medical-treatment, #parenting, #veterinary-medicine

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Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital

Inside an overwhelmed facility in the worst-hit part of California, where the patriarchs of two immigrant families were taken when they fell sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #los-angeles-calif, #martin-luther-king-jr-community-hospital

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How Rich Hospitals Profit From Patients in Car Crashes

Hospitals use century-old lien laws to bypass insurers and charge patients, especially poorer ones, the full amount.

#community-health-systems-inc, #compensation-for-damages-law, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #medicaid, #parkview-health, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-mary-hospital-fredericksburg-va, #wellstar-health-system

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Arizona, Roiled by Covid in Summer, Faces Even Worse Outbreak Now

The state has the highest rate of new virus cases in the U.S. amid a grim winter surge that has sent hospitalizations and deaths soaring nationally.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional

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A Night in the Hospital, From Both Ends of the Stethoscope

As a doctor writing about medical errors, I saw potential risks lurking everywhere when my daughter was hospitalized with appendicitis.

#accidents-and-safety, #appendicitis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #surgery-and-surgeons

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Inflatable Costume May Be Behind Outbreak at California Hospital

An employee at a hospital in San Jose wore an “air-powered” costume on Christmas. Within days, 44 staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokeswoman said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #kaiser-permanente, #san-jose-calif, #santa-clara-county-calif, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Community’s Loss of Hospital Stirs Fresh Debate Over Indian Health Service

Faced with a budget problem, the federal agency responsible for tribal health care solved it by reducing a long-established hospital in New Mexico to a clinic — in the middle of the pandemic.

#acoma-pueblo-nm, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #haaland-deb, #hospitals, #indian-health-service, #native-americans, #trump-donald-j

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Passenger Who Had Medical Emergency on Flight Died of Covid-19, Coroner Says

The episode in Louisiana raised concerns about the risks travelers face, even with heightened safety precautions in place.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #california, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #flight-attendants, #jefferson-parish-la, #los-angeles-calif, #louisiana, #united-airlines

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Surprise Medical Bills Cost Americans Millions. Congress Is Finally Set to Ban Most of Them.

Efforts to solve the common consumer problem had been stalled by lobbying pressure and legislative squabbles.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #senate

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Don’t Postpone Children’s Health Care in the Pandemic

As we celebrate the rollout of the new Covid-19 vaccines, don’t forget the standard immunizations and other steps to keep children safe.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #families-and-family-life, #klass-perri, #parenting, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Amid Pandemic, Scientists Reassess Routine Medical Care

All this year, patients stayed away from doctors’ offices in droves, postponing tests and treatments. Maybe there’s a silver lining.

#breast-cancer, #colonoscopy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #health-affairs-journal, #iqvia-inc, #mammography, #preventive-medicine, #telemedicine, #tests-medical, #united-states, #welch-h-gilbert

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Virus Deaths Approach Spring Record Amid Changing U.S. Crisis

On April 15, more Americans were reported dead of Covid-19 than on any other day of the pandemic. The daily toll is growing close once more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #new-york-city, #united-states

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Improve Emergency Care? Pandemic Helps Point the Way

Momentum is gathering for telemedicine, which could alleviate a longstanding problem: wait times.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #telemedicine

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Spain’s Other Covid Casualties: Undetected Cancer Cases

A raft of lawsuits has emerged from a health care system where the struggle to fight the pandemic has led to neglect of other serious conditions.

#cancer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #organized-labor, #spain, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Hiker Rescued From Mount Rainier Makes ‘Miraculous’ Recovery

When Michael Knapinski arrived at a Seattle hospital, his heart stopped for 45 minutes and he was put on life support. Two days later, he was walking.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #hikes-and-hiking, #hospitals, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #medical-devices, #mount-rainier-wash, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #nursing-and-nurses, #seattle-wash, #ventilators-medical

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Where Have All the Hospital Patients Gone?

Except in areas where Covid is surging, there are still no lines of patients in the hospital halls.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #heart, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #medicine-and-health, #stroke

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Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times

Doctors, nurses and therapists have a prescription for helping all of us to get through these difficult times: Try a little laughter.

#anxiety-and-stress, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #heart, #hospitals, #laughter, #pain

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Speeding FDNY Truck Hits Ambulance, Killing Patient

A ladder truck rushing to a fire slammed into an ambulance carrying a man who had suffered a heart attack, killing him and injuring 11 others.

#ambulances, #bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fires-and-firefighters, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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The Risks of the Prescribing Cascade

The problem occurs when drug-induced side effects are viewed as a new ailment and treated with yet another drug that can cause still other side effects.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #elderly, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals

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Medics Save Lives. Let Them.

The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.

#alabama, #arizona, #army-corps-of-engineers, #california, #conscientious-objectors, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #florida, #georgia, #medal-of-honor-us, #medicine-and-health, #national-guard, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #reserves-military, #tennessee, #texas, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #vaccination-and-immunization, #ventilators-medical, #virginia

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A Michigan Woman Was Declared Dead, Then Woke Up at a Funeral Home

Timesha Beauchamp, 20, was taken to the funeral home in a body bag. When she arrived, a worker discovered her breathing with her eyes open.

#cerebral-palsy, #death-and-dying, #emergency-medical-treatment, #oakland-county-mich, #southfield-mich, #timesha-beauchamp

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Russian Doctors Accused of Blocking Overseas Transfer of Aleksei Navalny

A plane from Germany was flown to Russia to pick up the prominent opposition leader for treatment after a suspected poisoning. But medical officials say his condition is too unstable.

#charite-universitatsmedizin-berlin-germany, #emergency-medical-treatment, #germany, #hospitals, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #siberia

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Coronavirus Doctors Battle Another Scourge: Misinformation

Physicians say they regularly treat people more inclined to believe what they read on Facebook than what a medical professional tells them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberharassment, #emergency-medical-treatment, #facebook-inc, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #medicine-and-health, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

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‘I’d Rather Stay Home and Die’

A fear of hospitals is leading many Mexicans to delay treatment for coronavirus until it is too late for doctors to help them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ecatepec-mexico, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico

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In This Pandemic Summer, Don’t Forget About Kids’ Other Risks

Reinforcing summer safety with some of the special twists and dangers of this dangerous and twisty time.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drownings, #emergency-medical-treatment, #heatstroke, #sports-injuries, #summer-season, #trampolines

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Spain’s Coronavirus Crisis Accelerated as Warnings Went Unheeded

The Spanish epidemic has become a painful example of the tendency of one government after another to ignore the experiences of countries where the virus has already struck.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-antonio-1961, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #epidemics, #hospitals, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #sanchez-perez-castejon-pedro-1972, #tests-medical

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This Hospital Cost $52 Million. It Treated 79 Virus Patients.

Red tape and turf battles marked the race to create temporary hospitals for the coronavirus onslaught in New York.

#billie-jean-king-national-tennis-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #javits-jacob-k-convention-center-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #queens-hospital-center, #shortages, #usns-comfort-ship

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‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide

Dr. Lorna Breen was unflappable — until she faced a new enemy.

#breen-lorna-m, #charlottesville-va, #columbia-university-medical-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #medicine-and-health, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #quarantines, #shortages, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Stayin’ Alive: How Disco Saved Daddy

He hated the Bee Gees, couldn’t stand platform shoes, and deplored the only pair of polyester pants he’d ever owned.

#defibrillators, #emergency-medical-treatment, #families-and-family-life, #heart, #pop-and-rock-music

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Like ‘A Bus Accident a Day’: Hospitals Strain Under New Flood of Covid-19 Patients

I.C.U. units are reaching capacity. Nurses are falling sick, contributing to shortages. The new coronavirus spikes are challenging hospitals across the country.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #shortages

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Coronavirus Has Arizona Health Care Workers at the Breaking Point

Now it’s hospital staff in Arizona who are being challenged by the coronavirus, and that didn’t have to be.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear

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8 Hospitals in 15 Hours: A Pregnant Woman’s Crisis in the Pandemic

Her baby was coming, and her complications were growing more dangerous. But nowhere would take her — an increasingly common story as India’s health care system buckles under pressure.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #india, #new-delhi-india, #noida-india, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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Rubber Bullets and Beanbag Rounds Can Cause Devastating Injuries

Common crowd-dispersal methods used on protesters across the country have caused brain damage and other disabilities, prompting growing calls to ban them.

#beanbag-rounds, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disabilities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #rubber-bullets, #tear-gas, #your-feed-healthcare

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Meet the ‘Grandmother of Street Medics’

Volunteers have provided first aid at protests since at least the 1960s. Many of them owe their training to Ann Hirschman.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #george-floyd-protests-2020

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Where Protesters Go, Street Medics Follow

Through tear gas and rubber bullets, professional and amateur medical volunteers have stepped forward to aide the injured.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #columbus-ohio, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #emergency-medical-treatment, #first-aid, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #tear-gas, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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‘Bye, Mommy, I Love You’: Medics and Coronavirus Patients Make Hard Decisions

Our ride with New York City medics during the coronavirus peak revealed a new side to their job: guiding patients on whether to go to the hospital.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #quarantines

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Red Cross Warns of a ‘Staggering’ Drop in Blood Supplies

Hospitals have resumed elective surgeries and many Americans are venturing out of their homes again, but the rate of donations has yet to bounce back.

#american-red-cross, #blood-donation, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms

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After the Coronavirus, Don’t Forget the Paramedics

After 9/11, New York left us behind. I fear the same will happen with the coronavirus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-service, #emergency-medical-treatment, #environmental-protection-agency, #labor-and-jobs, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-york-city, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #september-11-2001, #shortages, #ventilators-medical, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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Fear of Covid Leads Other Patients to Decline Critical Treatment

Psychologists say anxiety and uncertainty prompt irrational decisions — like turning down a transplant when an organ becomes available.

#anxiety-and-stress, #cancer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fear-emotion, #heart, #liver, #transplants, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Hospitals Move Into Next Phase as New York Passes Viral Peak

A sharp drop in coronavirus patients was “like someone turned off the hose,” one doctor said. But the city’s health system faces challenges ahead.

#brooklyn-hospital-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #elmhurst-hospital-center, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #lincoln-hospital, #long-island-jewish-medical-center, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-health-and-hospitals-corp, #northwell-health, #quarantines, #surgery-and-surgeons, #telemedicine, #ventilators-medical

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A Brooklyn Hospital Mourns the Doctor Who Was ‘Our Jay-Z’

Dr. James A. Mahoney, who had spent his whole career at a poorly financed public hospital, went to extraordinary lengths to help patients.

#black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #epidemics, #hospitals, #mahoney-james-a-d-2020, #state-university-of-new-york, #university-hospital-of-brooklyn

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Coronavirus May Pose a New Risk to Younger Patients: Strokes

Doctors have reported a flurry of cases in Covid-19 patients — including a healthy 27-year-old emergency medical technician in Queens. After a month in the hospital, he is learning to walk again.

#blood-clots, #brain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deep-vein-thrombosis, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fever, #hospitals, #lungs, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #queens-nyc, #respiratory-distress-syndrome, #seizures-medical, #stroke, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-science, #youth

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How the Chaos at Elmhurst Hospital Exposed Health Care’s Fiefdoms

Even as Elmhurst faced “apocalyptic” conditions, 3,500 beds were free in other New York hospitals, some no more than 20 minutes away.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elmhurst-queens-ny, #emergency-medical-treatment, #greater-new-york-hospital-assn, #hospitals

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