"Dr. , the patient's now stable . . .Should we move him to

another room before the next one comes in?

"Yes Nurse Miller, but with three staff members calling in

today check station availability then see if were able."

Why's the room spinning? My chest feels like it's on fire as

my thoughts steadily grow tired. Every bodies wearing face

shields and masks!

"Do you know where you are?" "How long has it been . . . ?"

"When did your fever start?" In sync and muffled they ask.

No ordinary day, no ordinary week or month . . this . .

uncommon virus. The battle with it, one HELLACIOUS



My vision now blurry. My throat is dry. Other patients cry


Second shift arrives as the first exhaustedly finishes hour

twelve. Into this . . . chaotic abyss . . the ER . . they heroic



I hear a close scream . . even closer a mention,, one word . .


Another Dr. laments, "This one's expired . . cause of

death--Corona." "Nurse, can you let her family know out

in the waiting room . . just in last night from Arizona . . .

I believe Tuscon . . . maybe Sedona."

In here and outside, the growing stench of death. Not me!

Not now! Fight! . . Go Away! Don't let it take my last



The distancing here, anything but social.

It's personal despite the heightened and newfound fear.

"Dr. his BP is dropping. Can you adjust his ventilator?"

Wait! . . .my mind shouts! I'm not ready to meet my


My I.V. now nearly dry.

Through distant tears I hear their cries.

This time the virus has won.

Everyone eventually dies.

__________|\______|\_________________ .

"Time of death . . . . 7:15"

--Alexander F., Adult