Pestilence Update

‘This Is Our Chernobyl’: New York City’s Doctors and Nurses Are Terrified. Health care professionals fear they’re being put at risk and set up for failure during one of the most critical fights in the city’s history.

Foreshadow Now, ‘Season of the End Times’:

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period


… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).


… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)


… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)


… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

‘This Is Our Chernobyl’: New York City’s Doctors and Nurses Are Terrified. Health care professionals fear they’re being put at risk and set up for failure during one of the most critical fights in the city’s history.

By Katie MacBride Mar 20 2020, Vice.com

With the deadly coronavirus quickly spreading through New York City, the city’s doctors and nurses are panicking that a lack of tests, beds, ventilators, and protective equipment have set them up for failure in one of the most critical fights in the city’s history.

“This is our Chernobyl,” said one New York hospital doctor, who like other health care professionals interviewed for this article, requested VICE not include his name or place of work. “The people in charge are not listening to the people on the ground. Everything is getting caught up in bureaucracy.”

This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the virus could peak in a month and a half. But as of Thursday, New York City already had confirmed 3,600 cases of coronavirus—up from 2,000 cases just the night before—and New York State had 5,200 confirmed cases, the most of any state in the country. Cuomo has asked President Donald Trump to mobilize the Army Corps of Engineers and build temporary medical facilities in New York. “It’s only a matter of time before our state’s ICU beds fill up,” Cuomo tweeted Monday. “The federal gov’t must act.” According to New York hospital staff, the extra beds are already necessary. The growing number of cases have left hospital staff feeling overwhelmed by the flood of COVID-19 patients—a situation made worse by conflicting messaging and loosened safety standards that staff fear could increase their and their patients’ chance of exposure to the virus.

A firm COVID-19 fatality rate has been difficult to lock down. The New York Times recently reported that many “scientists and public health officials who have studied the data so far say they expect a fatality rate for Covid-19 of around 1 percent.” But a separate New York hospital doctor said that New York’s fatality rate could inch closer to Italy’s seemingly much higher one if the state doesn’t take action to improve its infrastructure and facilities soon. “The 1 percent mortality rate is based on perfect ICU care,” the doctor said.  “We need infrastructure to be built and to be protected.”

“They’ve resorted to putting up tents in the halls of the emergency department to isolate people. Our hospital system just isn’t equipped for something like this.”

To successfully fight coronavirus, New York hospitals will require fast and reliable tests; quarantine and isolation facilities; ICU beds and respirators, personal protective gear for staff, and enough staff to have dedicated teams for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. Right now, New York doesn’t have enough of those things, sources said.

“The isolation beds are constantly full,” said one nurse practitioner. “They’ve resorted to putting up tents in the halls of the emergency department to isolate people. Our hospital system just isn’t equipped for something like this.”

Without drastic action, the nurse practitioner said the city will soon not be able to house everyone who is in need of help. “It’s very obvious we don’t have enough space for these patients,” the nurse practitioner said. The overflow could cause issues for not only those with coronavirus, but people who need traditional medical care. “People don’t just stop having strokes and heart attacks because there’s a pandemic.”

In order to create more hospital beds, another doctor said he and others are pushing for hospitals to learn from China and create separate facilities to isolate people who have tested positive for coronavirus and keep hospital staff and other patients safe. So far, talks have not led to any concrete action. “We can do this. We have these colleges all around us that are now empty. I don’t understand. We’re not a third-world country. We’re able to mobilize when it’s needed, but everything is mired in this bureaucracy,” he said. “I feel like I’m living in bizarro world.”

Amid a public-health crisis, workers have found themselves frustrated by hospitals’ continued concern with their bottom line. On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered city hospitals to cancel elective procedures that can wait, like tonsillectomies. But hospital staff said administrators haven’t complied since then. One health care worker told VICE that they knew of roughly a dozen gastric bypass surgeries that happened at the hospital he works at since de Blasio’s order.

“I don’t understand. We’re not a third-world country. We’re able to mobilize when it’s needed, but everything is mired in this bureaucracy.”

“It’s hard to justify,” the hospital staffer said. “But they’re making money off of those surgeries. If you shut down the whole [operating room], you’re shutting down a huge revenue source for the hospital.”

The situation has been made worse by the general public’s frantic desire to purchase or otherwise obtain personal protective equipment normally reserved for health care professionals, causing shortages at hospitals around the country.

Of particular concern is a lack of N95 masks. The masks—designed to fit snugly on the face—are critical for health care providers and other people working directly with infected patients, but have become an object of desire among coronavirus-related panic. One New York doctor who spoke to VICE said that boxes of N95 masks had even been stolen from the hospital emergency department.

The shortage of N95 masks had led to loosened safety standards and dangerous levels of rationing among health care professionals. “We were told today that select patient safety standards are no longer necessary,” the nurse practitioner said.

Some hospitals are now encouraging health care professionals to ignore typical best practices, like changing a mask after each patient. Now, at least three hospitals are encouraging workers to wear the same mask for 7 to 14 days, which means they have no choice but to reuse potentially contaminated masks around new patients, sources said.

“If we don’t have adequate [personal protective equipment], you’re just asking for an even bigger disaster, because once you start knocking us out, and we have to be quarantined or we get infected, then we can’t work.”

Doctors in some cases are being encouraged by hospital administrators to only wear masks after a patient has tested positive for COVID-19, a suggestion that appalled those who spoke to VICE. With so few coronavirus tests available nationwide, and the length of time it takes to get results, doctors and nurses expect to come into contact with COVID-19 positive patients well before their tests have come back positive.

“If we don’t have adequate [personal protective equipment], you’re just asking for an even bigger disaster, because once you start knocking us out, and we have to be quarantined or we get infected, then we can’t work,” one of the doctors said.

NYU Langone Health—which operates two hospitals in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, and one in Long Island—released an internal report on Wednesday that acknowledged some of the staff’s concerns. In the report, obtained by VICE and verified by the hospital group, NYU Langone Health noted that it was “Hearing from staff about coronavirus-related anxiety” and “Working across the system to address staff concerns re: potential exposure.” Nevertheless, the hospital also informed staff that it would be “out of surgical masks with attached face shields” by the end of the week.

“Face shield burn rates are increasing,” the report stated, and “face shields should be reused unless broken—this needs to be message [sic].”

In response to nurses’ concerns, Pat Kane, the executive director of the New York State Nurses Association, issued a statement this week criticizing the lack of masks and other personal protective equipment for health care workers.

“Face shields should be reused unless broken—this needs to be message.”

“If growing numbers of nurses are not able to be at the bedside because they were exposed to COVID-19 unnecessarily at work, everyone’s health is put in jeopardy. Steps we take now can save lives down the road,” Kane wrote.

The NYSNA has also said it believes that the virus is more transmittable by air than the CDC is currently claiming, and that N95 masks alone may not provide enough protection. A statement on the organization’s website argues that health care workers should wear full-body personal protective equipment, like the kind worn for Ebola and other airborne viruses, when treating confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 until it’s confirmed that health care workers are not at risk.

Staff additionally expressed concern that hospitals are moving nurse practitioners and other providers on and off of COVID-19 patients, rather than creating a dedicated team to combat the virus. “You’ve got people who could be infected going back to other patients and potentially shedding virus,” the nurse practitioner said.

Hospital administrators aren’t always informing the staff about which patients have tested positive for COVID-19 either. “They say it’s a matter of patient privacy, that telling us might be a HIPAA violation,” the nurse practitioner said. “It’s obscene. There are ways of saying ‘Hey, a staff member may have been exposed.’” Instead, he said, “We were told to assume that we’d been exposed.” Health care providers are acutely aware of the fact that they have a much higher risk of becoming infected than the general public. “I have an infant at home,” said one doctor. “Part of me wants to take my spouse and child, run away and never look back. I know I signed up for this and I have a duty to my community. But it’s hard. It’s really hard. I’m struggling.”

“Part of me wants to take my spouse and child, run away and never look back. I know I signed up for this and I have a duty to my community. But it’s hard. It’s really hard. I’m struggling.”

The doctor said he feels as if the public still hasn’t come to terms with how much damage the virus can do to people of all ages. “There’s still this idea that if you feel well you can’t spread it and if you’re under 60, it will be mild with no permanent damage.” Data from the C.D.C shows that nearly 40 percent of people sick enough to be hospitalized with coronavirus were between the ages of 20 and 54 years old.

Already, the doctor has witnessed young men experience cardiovascular complications from the virus, he said. “There are cases where the patient looks like they’re recovering from the lung part of the disease. They’re getting better and then suddenly they have severe heart failure. Within a day or two they go into cardiac arrest and die.” He said it’s possible this is the result of viral myocarditis—inflammation of the heart caused by a viral infection—but with such a new virus, it’s difficult to know for sure.

“I keep telling myself it’s a small number of cases,” he said. “But yes, I’m scared.”

(Night Watchman Note: What will happen when millions of Christians suddenly ‘disappear’??? Those who may be first-responders, doctors, nurses, support staff, policemen, firefighters, homeless volunteers, those in the red cross or other emergency aid and relief organizations, in the national guard or military, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc. You get the picture.)

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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