Shane Harris, Washington Post - The Eye of the Storm: NYC

Shane Harris, Washington Post
The Eye of the Storm: NYC


Here is the best news there presently is about the coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic in New York City and State, the rate at which the crisis is getting worse seems to be slowing down.

Whereas, when the spike in caseloads was at its most vertical, the number of people admitted to New York hospitals with Covid-19 was doubling every two and a half days, by the end of March, daily rates of increase in the low double-digits meant it took six days for hospital admissions to double.

Viewed from a distance, this apparent flattening of the curve of rising coronavirus infection suggests the peak of the New York epidemic may not be far off and while an end date for the health crisis may not be identifiable, the new case trend increases hope that an end will eventually come.

Viewed from the front lines, more days – maybe even weeks – of ever-growing caseloads may be more than the NYC and State health systems can take. The people fighting this medical war – the doctors, nurses, and hospital staffers – and the medical-industrial complex that surrounds them, already over-stressed, may be breaking down even before the peak of the crisis has been reached.

That’s the view reported recently by our guest today, Shane Harris, staff writer covering intelligence and national security for the Washington Post.  He and Frances Stead Sellers reported a story headlined, “Inside a Major New York City Hospital System Battling Coronavirus…”

At the epicenter of the American epidemic of the novel coronavirus and its consequence – Covid-19.



Shane Harris is a staff writer with the Washington Post, covering intelligence and national security. He has previously written about these topics at The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, and National Journal. Shane is the author of two books, The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State (Penguin Press, 2010) and @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex (Eamon Dolan /Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1998. He lives in Washington, DC.Honors & Awards:Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, 2010.  Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence In Journalism, 2011.



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