Doctors and nurses in a Rome hospital spent New Year’s Eve like any other day fighting the COVID-19, as they have been doing for months.
As mild celebrations happened at midnight, few nurses looked from their ward’s window at the fireworks welcoming the new year.
In the Covid 3 Hospital of Casalpalocco, on the outskirts of Italy’s capital, dozens of patients continued fighting for their lives.
It was a night like any other night, as it has been for almost a year already.
The hospital was an average clinic, but after the virus hit Italy, it was soon turned into a hospital just for treating COVID-19.
There are three general medicine wards, one sub-intensive care unit, and three ICUs, all busy with COVID-19 patients.
Nurses looked busy and calm as usual in the long corridor of the sub-intensive ward where most patients lie in bed in dim light, in rooms with two beds each.
In one of the ICUs, the staff gave medicines, checked respiratory machines, and filled in medical records.
Vaccines are on their way, although it will take months to vaccinate most of the population. Doctor Paolo Petrassi, the coordinator for a night shift, says mass vaccination is the only hope. Here