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WILLIE? >> GOOD TO SEE TOM HANKS LOOKING

>> GOOD TO SEE TOM HANKS LOOKING GOOD.

GOOD. KATHY PARK OUTSIDE ST. PATRICKS

KATHY PARK OUTSIDE ST. PATRICKS CATHEDRAL.

CATHEDRAL. LETS BRING IN NBC NEWS MEDICAL

LETS BRING IN NBC NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR, NATALIE AZAR, A

CONTRIBUTOR, NATALIE AZAR, A DOCTOR OF INTERNAL MEDICINE

DOCTOR OF INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIZING IN RHEUMATOLOGY BUT

SPECIALIZING IN RHEUMATOLOGY BUT SHE SPENT THE PAST FEW WEEKS

SHE SPENT THE PAST FEW WEEKS WORKING ON A COVID FLOOR IN NEW

WORKING ON A COVID FLOOR IN NEW YORK CITY.

YORK CITY. THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOUVE

THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOUVE STEPPED UP TO DO INSIDE THAT

STEPPED UP TO DO INSIDE THAT HOSPITAL.

HOSPITAL. WEVE HEARD ABOUT THE PROBLEMS

WEVE HEARD ABOUT THE PROBLEMS WITH PERSONAL PROTECTIVE

WITH PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, WEVE HEARD ABOUT THE

EQUIPMENT, WEVE HEARD ABOUT THE PROBLEMS WITH VENTILATORS.

PROBLEMS WITH VENTILATORS. WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OVER THE

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OVER THE LAST WEEK?

LAST WEEK? WHAT DID YOU SEE AND HEAR ON

WHAT DID YOU SEE AND HEAR ON THAT FLOOR?

THAT FLOOR? >> WELL, FIRST, WILLIE, LET ME

>> WELL, FIRST, WILLIE, LET ME JUST ACKNOWLEDGE, I NEED TO

JUST ACKNOWLEDGE, I NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY COLLEAGUES AND

ACKNOWLEDGE MY COLLEAGUES AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS ALL ACROSS

HEALTH CARE WORKERS ALL ACROSS THE NATION WHO HAVE BEEN DOING

THE NATION WHO HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR DAY ONE.

THIS FOR DAY ONE. WHAT I DID LAST WEEK FEELS LIKE

WHAT I DID LAST WEEK FEELS LIKE A DROP IN THE BUCKET.

A DROP IN THE BUCKET. I WILL ALSO SAY THAT THERE ARE

I WILL ALSO SAY THAT THERE ARE MANY, MANY TIMES AS A TRAINEE,

MANY, MANY TIMES AS A TRAINEE, AS A MEDICAL STUDENT, AS A

AS A MEDICAL STUDENT, AS A DOCTOR WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE ITS

DOCTOR WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE ITS SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO TAKE CARE OF

SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO TAKE CARE OF THESE PATIENTS.

THESE PATIENTS. AND LAST WEEK TRULY WAS THAT TO

AND LAST WEEK TRULY WAS THAT TO ME.

ME. TO YOUR QUESTION, SOME

TO YOUR QUESTION, SOME OBSERVATIONS THAT I THOUGHT WERE

OBSERVATIONS THAT I THOUGHT WERE REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING WAS

REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING WAS THIS DICHOTOMY BETWEEN REPORTING

THIS DICHOTOMY BETWEEN REPORTING ON SOMETHING AND THEN ACTUALLY

ON SOMETHING AND THEN ACTUALLY GOING TO THE PROVERBIAL FRONT

GOING TO THE PROVERBIAL FRONT LINE AND SEEING WHAT IT WAS

LINE AND SEEING WHAT IT WAS REALLY LIKE.

REALLY LIKE. WHAT HAPPENED IN MY HOSPITAL IS

WHAT HAPPENED IN MY HOSPITAL IS NOT NECESSARILY REFLECTIVE OF

NOT NECESSARILY REFLECTIVE OF WHATS HAPPENING IN THE NATION.

WHATS HAPPENING IN THE NATION. WE TALK ABOUT THESE TWO DISTINCT

WE TALK ABOUT THESE TWO DISTINCT GROUPS OF PATIENTS WHO DECLARED

GROUPS OF PATIENTS WHO DECLARED THEMSELVES QUITE EARLY, THOSE

THEMSELVES QUITE EARLY, THOSE WHO DO WELL AND THOSE WHO

WHO DO WELL AND THOSE WHO DECLINE VERY RAPIDLY, AND THAT

DECLINE VERY RAPIDLY, AND THAT WAS CERTAINLY THE CASE.

WAS CERTAINLY THE CASE. A COUPLE OTHER THINGS WORTH

A COUPLE OTHER THINGS WORTH MENTIONING.

MENTIONING. WE TALK ABOUT HOW THESE PATIENTS

WE TALK ABOUT HOW THESE PATIENTS ARE SO ISOLATED, AND SO ITS

ARE SO ISOLATED, AND SO ITS TRUE.

TRUE. THE PATIENTS WE WERE TAKING CARE

THE PATIENTS WE WERE TAKING CARE OF WERE EACH IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL

OF WERE EACH IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL ROOMS.

ROOMS. THE NUMBER OF TIMES HEALTH CARE

THE NUMBER OF TIMES HEALTH CARE WORKERS WERE ASKED TO OR NEEDED

WORKERS WERE ASKED TO OR NEEDED TO GO TO BE BY THE BEDSIDE WAS

TO GO TO BE BY THE BEDSIDE WAS REALLY RESTRICTED BECAUSE EACH

REALLY RESTRICTED BECAUSE EACH TIME WE DID THAT WE HAD TO DON

TIME WE DID THAT WE HAD TO DON AND DOFT THE PPE.

AND DOFT THE PPE. WE HAD ENOUGH SUPPLY, THANK

WE HAD ENOUGH SUPPLY, THANK GOODNESS.

GOODNESS. THE VENTILATOR ISSUE WASNT AN

THE VENTILATOR ISSUE WASNT AN ISSUE FOR US AT NYU AT THE

ISSUE FOR US AT NYU AT THE MOMENT.

MOMENT. BUT WE WERE ALWAYS TOLD TO BE

BUT WE WERE ALWAYS TOLD TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL, THAT WE

VERY, VERY CAREFUL, THAT WE DIDNT WANT TO SQUANDER THOSE

DIDNT WANT TO SQUANDER THOSE RESOURCES.

RESOURCES. LASTLY, I WOULD JUST SAY THE

LASTLY, I WOULD JUST SAY THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE NURSES

COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE NURSES AND RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS AND

AND RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS AND ALL THE DOCTORS AND ALL THE

ALL THE DOCTORS AND ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE PATIENT

PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE PATIENT CARE, IT WAS A MATRIX THAT WAS

CARE, IT WAS A MATRIX THAT WAS KEEPING THE WHOLE THING

KEEPING THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER.

TOGETHER. I JUST HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT

I JUST HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR ALL THOSE

AND ADMIRATION FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE.

PEOPLE. >> ITS INCREDIBLE.

>> ITS INCREDIBLE. WE APPRECIATE THE ACCOUNT FROM

WE APPRECIATE THE ACCOUNT FROM INSIDE.

INSIDE. I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE

I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE BIGGER PICTURE AND FLATTENING

BIGGER PICTURE AND FLATTENING THE CURVE.

THE CURVE. WE HEARD HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE

WE HEARD HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE DOWN IN NEW YORK.

DOWN IN NEW YORK. THATS GOOD NEWS.

THATS GOOD NEWS. DEATHS ARE UP, WHICH THE

DEATHS ARE UP, WHICH THE GOVERNOR HAS CALLED A LAGGING

GOVERNOR HAS CALLED A LAGGING INDICATOR.

INDICATOR. WHERE DO YOU SEE THIS HEADED

WHERE DO YOU SEE THIS HEADED NEXT NATIONALLY?

NEXT NATIONALLY? >> YEAH, I THINK THAT -- I THINK

>> YEAH, I THINK THAT -- I THINK THAT THE TRAJECTORY IS EXACTLY

THAT THE TRAJECTORY IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE ANTICIPATING.

WHAT WE WERE ANTICIPATING. THE SOCIAL DISTANCING WOULD END

THE SOCIAL DISTANCING WOULD END UP HELPING TO FLATTEN THE CURVE

UP HELPING TO FLATTEN THE CURVE AND WE WILL SEE TO GET ON THE

AND WE WILL SEE TO GET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CURVE.

OTHER SIDE OF THE CURVE. AS DR. FAUCI ALWAYS SAYS, I

AS DR. FAUCI ALWAYS SAYS, I THINK ITS A GOOD WAY TO

THINK ITS A GOOD WAY TO DESCRIBE IT, NOW IS NOT THE TIME

DESCRIBE IT, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TAKE THE FOOT OFF THE PEDAL.

TO TAKE THE FOOT OFF THE PEDAL. YOU CAN ANALOGYIZE IT SO MANY

YOU CAN ANALOGYIZE IT SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.

DIFFERENT WAYS. IF YOURE UNDERGOING CHEMO FOR

IF YOURE UNDERGOING CHEMO FOR CANCER, YOU WOULDNT STOP THAT

CANCER, YOU WOULDNT STOP THAT AS SOON AS THERE IS A TUMOR

AS SOON AS THERE IS A TUMOR RESPONSE.

RESPONSE. I THINK THATS VERY APT HERE.

I THINK THATS VERY APT HERE. I THINK THERES A LOT OF ISSUES

I THINK THERES A LOT OF ISSUES AT PLAY -- OR A LOT OF

AT PLAY -- OR A LOT OF CONSIDERATIONS, I SHOULD SAY,

CONSIDERATIONS, I SHOULD SAY, ABOUT REOPENING THE ECONOMY.

ABOUT REOPENING THE ECONOMY. SOME ARE MEDICAL, SOME ARE

SOME ARE MEDICAL, SOME ARE PUBLIC HEALTH, THE TESTING, DO

PUBLIC HEALTH, THE TESTING, DO WE HAVE ENOUGH OUT THERE TO TEST

WE HAVE ENOUGH OUT THERE TO TEST FOR ACUTE AND ANTIBODY TESTING.

FOR ACUTE AND ANTIBODY TESTING. I THINK THERES A LOT OF FACTORS

I THINK THERES A LOT OF FACTORS THAT NEED TO BE CONSIDERED

THAT NEED TO BE CONSIDERED BEFORE WE START REOPENING.

BEFORE WE START REOPENING. AND THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS

AND THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS WELL BE THINKING ABOUT IN THE

WELL BE THINKING ABOUT IN THE WEEKS TO COME.

WEEKS TO COME. >> DR. AZAR, WEVE KNOWN YOU AS

>> DR. AZAR, WEVE KNOWN YOU AS A FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE OVER ALL

A FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE OVER ALL THESE YEARS, AND SO MANY MEDICAL

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