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Bergamo doctors: ‘Our hospital is highly contaminated, the situation is dismal’

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Report. In a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors at an overwhelmed hospital in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic described ‘well-intentioned, exhausted, and emotionally depleted physicians.’

written by Andrea Capocci

Topic Italy

March 26, 2020

If we were to compare the Italian outbreak of Covid-19 to an earthquake, we would undoubtedly have to locate the epicenter of this earthquake at the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, “a brand new state-of-the-art facility with 48 intensive care beds.”

This is at least how the doctors working at the hospital described it, as they used the venue of the most popular medical journal in the world, the New England Journal of Medicine, to publish their vivid and dramatic account of the situation in Lombardy. In just a few hours, their report was read all around the world.

“Our own hospital is highly contaminated,” the doctors write. “The situation here is dismal as we operate well below our normal standard of care. Wait times for an intensive care bed are hours long. Older patients are not being........

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