In NYC the ambulance sirens have been constant all day. Our 911 system is operating at record volume, higher than on 9/11. My colleagues on the EMS crews are absolute heroes. And the crazy thing is that this article only tells part of the story. THREAD
This was gutting to hear, gutting to write, and it's still gutting to read.
Read to the end and your heart will be broken and your mind furious that anyone ever called this a hoax via
“I’m terrified,” said Phil Suarez, a New York City paramedic for 26 years who assisted in rescue efforts during the Sept. 11 terror attacks and later served in the Iraq war. “I honestly don’t know if I’m going to survive."
For the last week I've had dozens of conversations with medics across the city. They've called, anguished, sometimes crying, overwhelmed and haunted by Covid patients they left behind or couldn't save. "I'm terrified...I don't know if I'm going to survive" 
This story is horrific. “Three weeks ago, the paramedics said, most coronavirus calls were for respiratory distress or fever. Now the same types of patients, after having been sent home from the hospital, are experiencing organ failure and cardiac arrest.”
This whole center column on the man and his wife, oh my goodness.
The Navy ship, Comfort, arrives as New York City hospitals are so full that paramedics in the field are forced to make on-the-spot judgments about who gets care and who's left to die. The 911 system has been overwhelmed by calls related to the virus.
In NYC, “The record for amount of [911] calls in a day was broken three times in the last week.”
N.Y.C.’s 911 System Is Overwhelmed. ‘I’m Terrified,’ a Paramedic Says. no words
"If the rate of growth in cases in the New York area continues, it will suffer a more severe outbreak than those experienced in Wuhan, China, or the Lombardy region of Italy."
A NYC paramedic who assisted in rescue efforts during 9/11 and served during the Iraq war: “I’m terrified. I honestly don’t know if I’m going to survive. I’m terrified of what I’ve already possibly brought home.” by
NYC's 911 system averages 4,000 EMS calls a day. "On Thursday, dispatchers took more than 7,000 calls — a volume not seen since the Sept. 11 attacks. The record for amount of calls in a day was broken three times in the last week," reports
God bless the brave paramedics on the frontlines. This guy served in Iraq and is more afraid for his life now (!)
Typically, NYC's 911 system sees 4,000 EMS calls a day. On Thursday, dispatchers took 7000+ calls — a volume not seen since the Sept. 11 attacks.
This is chilling: “Three weeks ago, the paramedics said, most coronavirus calls were for respiratory distress or fever. Now the same types of patients, after having been sent home from the hospital, are experiencing organ failure and cardiac arrest”
‘War Zone’: Ambulances in N.Y.C. Are Now as Busy as on Sept. 11
Paramedics in NYC — some who lived through 9/11 and served in the Iraq war — are terrified by the jobs now in the pandemic. Forced to make life/death decisions with no/inadequate gear: Note: there’s an alarming story of self harm in here, be aware
Give them Geffen’s money
"Even as hospitals across New York become inundated with #coronavirus cases, some patients are being left behind in their homes because the health care system cannot handle them all."
I was a NYC ‘medic in the “bad old days” of the 80’s. This is unimaginable. I’m heartbroken for these brave EMS workers and for the city I love.
N.Y.C.’s 911 System Is Already Overwhelmed by #Coronavirus. ‘I’m Terrified,’ a Paramedic Says, by via #paramedicine #COVID19
Deniers, it’s time to stop. “N.Y.C.’s 911 System Is Overwhelmed. ‘I’m Terrified,’ a Paramedic Says. With coronavirus cases mounting, emergency workers are making life-or-death decisions about who goes to a hospital, and who is left behind.”
“It’s all a war zone.”
NYC’s 911 System Is Overwhelmed. ‘I’m Terrified,’ a Paramedic Says.
#oncoalert #CCC19 ‘War Zone’: Ambulances in N.Y.C. Are Now as Busy as on Sept. 11 Emergency workers are making life-or-death decisions about who goes to a hospital, and who is left behind
Paramedics are doing vital work with little support
“Thursday, dispatchers took over 7,000 calls, a volume not seen since the Sept. 11 attacks. The record for calls in a day was broken 3 times this week. ... workers are making life-or-death decisions about who is sick enough to take to crowded ERs”
CW: suicide This is so dark: "One New York City paramedic described responding to a suicide attempt of a woman after her cancer treatments had been delayed, in part because hospitals were clearing their beds for coronavirus patients." 3/
"One New York City paramedic described responding to a suicide attempt of a woman who had drank a liter of vodka after her cancer treatments had been delayed, in part because hospitals were clearing their beds for coronavirus patients."
The situation in NY right now
N.Y.C.’s 911 System Is Overwhelmed. ‘I’m Terrified,’ a Paramedic Says.
I am so heartbroken for my city. I cannot even imagine what all the health care workers are going through.
via ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ “Because of the volume, emergency medical workers are making life-or-death decisions. They are assessing...which patients should receive time-consuming measures...and which patients are..far gone to save.”