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Patients in New York seem sicker than before, nurse says

Kelley Bradshaw, an intensive care unit nurse at a large New York hospital,  said the coronavirus patients she’s seeing this week seem sicker, with more advanced symptoms.
“Compared to last week, the patients are sicker and that tends to happen with a virus that’s this vicious,” she said. “It starts with affecting one part of the body and then it starts to affect more and more body systems.”
Bradshaw said she was seeing more cases of the virus affecting patients’ kidneys and hearts.
It’s not clear if the patients seem sicker because the virus is presenting itself in a different way, or if the patients are trying to wait it out at home, so they are already sicker by the time they arrive at the hospital.
“It just feels like the longer someone battles this virus and the more critically ill they become, the harder our job gets,” Bradshaw said. “The days are really, really long … The only thing we can expect is to expect the unexpected.”