‘I have lost track of how many people I have found dead,’ EMT says. But we must reopen.

By Edward VanWagnerThe sight was something I never expected to see in my lifetime. Not that I didn’t believe that this could happen. I suppose, after 28 years in emergency services, I simply hoped I wouldn’t witness such a sight.The entire emergency department was in chaos. Don’t get me wrong. Chaos is normal in any ED in America. But this was different. Very different. Every inch of space was filled with the acutely sick and dying. The hallways were packed with stretchers with grievously ill people. Oxygen tubing was jerry-rigged through the ceiling tiles in all directions, pumping high level...


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