Coronavirus: Madrid’s medical heroes in the fight of their lives

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52287224

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Applause and cheering rings out every night in the huddled streets around 12 Octubre hospital in Madrid, hailing the 6,000 staff who work there as heroes. “We’re not heroes; we’re health workers,” insists Hernando Trujillo, a doctor tackling the coronavirus emergency in the working-class south of the capital. The hospital has capacity for 1,300 beds and, at the height of the Covid-19 epidemic, close to 1,000 were being used to treat coronavirus patients. “There was almost no transition. It was really quiet and then suddenly a mad rush. The collapse came in a day,” says Laura Andújar, a 37-year-old emergency nurse.