Georgian Volunteers Working In New York Hospitals Tell Covid-19 Stories
02 April, 2020
Georgian Volunteers Working In New York Hospitals Tell Covid-19 Stories
Recently, the United States has outpaced all countries worldwide with the number of people infected with the coronavirus. According to the latest data, about 165,000 people have been infected with coronavirus in the United States, and more than 3,000 have died.

New York is the epicenter of the virus. According to the Georgian immigrants living there, the entry of a 1,000-bed medical ship gave a little hope to the population as it will be a huge help for the New
York City medical facilities and doctors.

One of the Georgian citizens living in New York, Lado Tsitelashvili, says that a lot of people have gathered to see the medical ship.

"It was a sense of relief and hope for people to see the medical ship. The official delegation was also there and it was said that President Trump was among them.

The situation is getting worse every day and because of the national and religious differences, it is very hard to control everyone. For instance, if one of the streets is completely deserted, another one still continues to live a usual life. However, the restaurants and cafes are all closed.

It is planned to make the regulations stricter. There are also volunteers calling on everyone to stay home and that it is not a game or apart from any show. We need to stay home for our own good.

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My doctor friends volunteer in quarantine and help the people in self-isolation and I know from them that the situation in New York may be even more difficult than the statistics show."

Another immigrant from Georgia, Dali Archvadze, says that one of her friends got infected with the coronavirus and of course her whole family with her self-isolated themselves.

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"I used to bring them food and other necessary stuff. After a while, I got a desire to do more and since I have a medical education, I went to the nearest hospital to volunteer. I went through quick retraining and started working.

The doctors are working 24 hours a day, they do not go home for days and still can not take care of all the patients. I do not know when do the get rest, eat or sleep because the patient line is not getting any less.

My responsibility is to bring food and necessary stuff to the people in quarantine. I am always specially equipped and check their temperature remotely. In this way, I help to the medical community as the situation in New York is unimaginably hard."

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