U.S.-based nurse talks helping fight COVID-19’s devastation in Italy: Part 2

“The United States are just a few weeks behind where Italy is today,” Kelly Sites, a disaster assistance response nurse from Michigan triaging in Italy, told “Nightline.”
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Transcript for U.S.-based nurse talks helping fight COVID-19’s devastation in Italy: Part 2
Tonight the World Health Organization warning to corona virus pandemic is rapidly accelerating with more than 375000. Cases. Around the world. The first 100000. Recorded in the 67 days the second 100000 took only eleven days. And it's been just four days the book the 100000 infections. Disturbing new images posted across shall meet your in Spain showing patience on the fool of and overwhelmed hospital. Victims the coughing some gasping for rent of this apparently hooked up to oxygen tanks. Doctors unable to keep hop. Spain suffering who before 160 deaths. In the past 24 hours. And here in Britain PM Boris Johnson ordering people to stay home. Banning all gatherings of tool more people outside after the UK death tolls sold but lose fifty in the last day. That rate of increase is now mirroring exactly what's happened in Italy two weeks ago. Countries are scrambling to avoid that nightmare scenario unfolding that Italy's debt talk now immunity doubling that of China's. Our thanks to Ian. Nurses and doctors on the front lines in Italy seeing images they'll likely carry a lifetime. Earlier today I spoke with American nurse Kelly sites she works with Christian aid organization samaritans purse on disaster relief. Last week she left her family in Michigan to help treat overflow patients at a fill hospital in northern Italy. The scrap the situation for me right now where you are. Hospital of the 600 at hospitals and current me cap are 800 positive Kuroda checked. We're sped up and our that was our emergency field hospital respiratory care unit which is a 68 bed hospital. In this moment what concerns you most as a professional was a nurse. I'd gotten to Ebola and called her and you're in a refugee camp I've been doing that's for ten years and I usually eat home to got to do it is faster. That's as my nineteen deployment so it's our product and it's kind of think nineteen back in nineteen deployment act ever have to disaster to utter disaster. Compare this to other. Hot spots. Feel similar. Wright asked how else. In my area when there was no treatment and at what than anything actually PG but after supportive care and that's not a great feelings so it's a scary thought. What you need to ease patients to help them. You're one of the worst places on planet earth for this disease what would you say to Americans. Who even at this point seem reluctant to social distance don't seem to fully embrace how serious this has. Ill like the United States are just a few weeks behind where Italy today it didn't take want to get here where we're at today and act. Rapidly. Escalate. So social scene is not a tight and it's not a panic thing. It's a strategy a public health strategy to help avoid that iris what needs radically help. Others especially the vulnerable population. Mindful of your limited resources. I hesitate to ask this question but I will have circumstances. Forced you yet to make calls as to who lives we've done. Now. Yet. Yet some big words. Are. Hard to know what coming down you know in the future but we're doing everything. Happens the art and. Based on what you're seeing there in Italy any advice your colleagues back in the states. It's easy when somebody patients. After yesterday tip forget. That there got. Their human beings and not forget that there's no don't treatment for Kobe and it worked Charlie Carey. But we're here to do it and I believe that we're going to be able to release states like Karen.

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