Your Wednesday Briefing

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The photojournalist Andrew Testa had lined dangerous conditions earlier than, together with wars within the Balkans and Afghanistan. However the days he spent masking the intensive care unit of the Homerton hospital in East London for The Occasions concerned hazard with each breath. For Occasions Insider, he wrote in regards to the expertise. That is an excerpt.

With this task got here a brand new and unfamiliar set of floor guidelines and procedures designed to guard not solely me but additionally these round me — each at work and at residence.

Within the Homerton I.C.U.,I switched my day garments for scrubs and a surgical robe; a close-sealing masks and goggles; overshoes; and a hair masking. I pared down my tools to 2 cameras. And on the finish of the day’s capturing, I adopted a really strict protocol developed by the I.C.U. employees for eradicating protecting gear.

Finally, I informed myself, I simply needed to belief my tools. However there’s at all times gnawing doubt. The coronavirus frightens you twice over: first by its capability to contaminate you personally, and second by the overwhelming worry that you just may inadvertently go it on to your loved ones.

There may be by no means any query about its energy. On my second day within the Homerton I.C.U., two individuals died inside 25 minutes of one another. Normally, the medical authorities attempt to present entry for relations to say goodbye. However with sufferers in induced comas and past hope, it’s a cruelly one-sided change of farewells.

And but the counter-imagery of dedication is at all times there, too, simply as evident in these photographs because the losses. As one survivor remarked, the medical groups at all times go the additional mile. “They’re blessed,” he stated.

That’s it for this briefing. See you tomorrow.

— Natasha

Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh offered the break from the information. You may attain Natasha and the workforce at [email protected]

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