UK grad assists during Coronavirus pandemic in New York City (PICTURES)


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – New York is the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in the United States. But watching and hearing about it wasn’t enough for a UK nurse. He was called to help.

So he quit his job, knowing it wouldn’t be there when he came back and went to New York now he has a message and is sharing his experience.

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Zachary Kannapel is a Critical Care Register Nurse when New York City progressive became a hot zone for Coronavirus case he knew he could help. He found a staff agencies. They gave him 48 hours to get to New York City. “The first week I had four or five patients, which is a lot, because most of them are on five or six drips, a piece. They’re all sedated. They’re on the ventilator. In Kentucky, I would have two patients like that.”

He explains that the Personal Protective Equipment or PPE was not an issue, but he was surrounded by death. “They’d literally have semi-trucks parked out back to store the bodies in and keep them cool. Some of them had two or three trucks, because didn’t have anywhere else to keep the bodies.”

He spent a little over a month helping in New York City. Two of his patients spent the entire time in intensive care. “No one got better, and got well enough to be able to leave, except for one patient. And that was also one of my patients.”

He has just one message for people, this could happen to you. “I just wish people would take this a little more seriously. I know that Kentucky’s in a better spot. We acted earlier. Things shut down a lot earlier to help flatten the curve. Things are more spread out here than they obviously are in New York City. But if things go right back to normal, and they go back to normal too soon, then it’s going to get bad and it’s going to be a lot worse than it has been.” He added, “This is going to continue until we do get a vaccine. I don’t think this is going to go away.”

Several scientists around the country have said that believe there will be a surge of case this fall during Flu season. During his final days of his contract he was ask to return if there is a surge this fall, he has already said he plans to return to New York if necessary.

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