‘Night and day’: Toronto doctor speaks out as hospitals fill up and COVID-19 patients die

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A Toronto doctor who lost three patients to the coronavirus in 36 hours says he’s dismayed by holiday shoppers lining up at malls for discounts while hospitals surpass capacity thresholds amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an emotional interview on CTV News Channel, infectious disease specialist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy described the difference between life inside the COVID-19 ward and outside of it as “night and day.” “The COVID ward is a place of desolation. It’s a place of quiet — an eerie sense of quiet — where there’s very little in the way of human contact and connection that patients would ordinarily have from their family and their loved ones. Because patients are in individual rooms, they’re isolated in the truest sense,” he said Monday.

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