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.
This is just heartbreaking.
“The growing pandemic has tested paramedics physically and mentally, said Anthony Almojera, an E.M.S. lieutenant for the Fire Department who said he cried on the job for the first time in his 17-year career.
He and his team had responded to a cardiac arrest dispatch for a middle-age woman, a health care worker, who had been infected. When paramedics arrived at her home, the woman’s husband, who was also a health care worker, said she had been sick for five days.
The husband frantically explained that he had tried to stay home and tend to his ill wife, but his employer had asked him to work because their facility was overrun with coronavirus patients.
Grudgingly, the man told the medics, he went to work. When he returned home after his shift that day, he found her unconscious in their bed. For 35 minutes, Mr. Almojera’s team tried to revive the woman, but she could not be saved.
Usually, Mr. Almojera said, he tries to console family members who have lost a loved one by putting his arm around them or giving them a hug.
But because the husband was also thought to be infected with the coronavirus, Mr. Almojera delivered the bad news from six feet away. He watched the man pound on his car with his fist and then crumble to the ground.
“I’m sitting there, beside myself, and I can’t do anything except be at this distance with him,” Mr. Almojera said. “So, we left him.””Posted on 2020-03-29T03:44:42+0000
Big Fish Stories Getting Littler
She found them in the Key West library: an old stash of "Look at What I Caught!" photos, proud fishermen showing off their big catch of the day back in the 1950s, '60s, '80s. As she looked, she noticed something odd. Something important.
This was an interesting read on how animal populations have been affected over the years with a very unexpected source of data.
"Daniel Pauly, a professor at the University of British Columbia, has a way of describing these acts of creeping amnesia. He calls the condition "shifting baseline syndrome," and while he was talking about marine biologists' failure to see drastic changes in fish sizes over time, it's a bigger, deeper idea. "Posted on 2020-03-28T23:30:25+0000
The Man Who Saw the Pandemic Coming - Issue 83: Intelligence - Nautilus
Dennis Carroll doesn’t mean to sound callous when he says the coronavirus outbreak was predictable. And he doesn’t. He sounds…
Interesting read from an interview with an infectious disease specialist.
"So what will it take to make people aware of the global threat of zoonotic diseases?
There’s nothing like a serial assault to heighten your awareness, and that’s what we’re looking at. We’re on a cycle of about every three years of getting something like this. And each time that happens, there’s more awareness that these investments need to be made and sustained. The problem is getting these monies as part of the annual regular non-emergency funding."Posted on 2020-03-15T06:35:50+0000
He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere to Sell Them
Amazon cracked down on coronavirus price gouging. Now, while the rest of the world searches, some sellers are holding stockpiles of sanitizer and masks.
This seems like a clear cut case of price gouging, the authorities now have this person’s info - I wonder when some action will be taken (there’s also been other admissions of gouging in Canada).
“Mr. Colvin does not believe he was price gouging. While he charged $20 on Amazon for two bottles of Purell that retail for $1 each, he said people forget that his price includes his labor, Amazon’s fees and about $10 in shipping. (Alcohol-based sanitizer is pricey to ship because officials consider it a hazardous material.)”Posted on 2020-03-14T18:46:11+0000
Shawarmaji wants you to try shawarma and falafel as the Jordanians do
Chef Mohammad Abutaha moved from Amman to the Bay Area, where he couldn't find the flavors from home, so he started a pop-up to satisfy his cravings and introduce Jordan-style street food to others.
"After moving to the Bay Area in 2011, Abutaha was unable to find any restaurants making shawarma with the flavors and served in the styles they do back home and he sorely missed it."
Looks like I need to go try this place. I was sold as soon as he mentioned shawarmas should be minimalist and not have much more than meat, bread, garlic sauce, and picklesPosted on 2020-03-11T00:41:19+0000
Google's ambitious push into gaming is floundering, and it's due largely to too few games on its Stadia platform — here's why developers have held back
Google's first major push into gaming is floundering, and it's largely due to a lack of games. Developers told us Google didn't offer enough money.
Sharing for the money quote on how some business decisions just add up and come bite you in the long run.
“This concern — that Google might just give up on Stadia at some point and kill the service, as it has done with so many other services over the years — was repeatedly brought up, unprompted, by every person we spoke with for this piece.”Posted on 2020-03-01T19:57:17+0000