New York Medical Workers Recover from COVID-19
Hear the survival story of a couple recovering from COVID-19 at the epicenter of the world — New York:Married couple infected with COVID-19 and expecting a baby; Cincinnati truck driver fulfills job as essential worker; nurse braves UK surge.
New York Medical Workers Recover From COVID-19[VIDEO START]
RICHIE FERRERA: In the second half of this week’s episode of INC News World: meet a man who has survived a severe case of COVID-19; see how a truck driver is delivering some much needed essential supplies during the pandemic; see how the virus is taking hold in the United Kingdom; your INC News World starts now.[VIDEO END]
RICHIE FERRERA: Welcome back to INC News World. I’m Richie Ferrera coming to you still from the Los Angeles area, as we resume the second half of this week’s episode covering stories during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States is the state and city of New York, where roughly a third of the country’s cases are confirmed. And while thousands have died in New York, we meet a family, a growing family, who shares a story of survival. Naomi De La Cruz has the details.[VIDEO START]
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: Reynaldo and Karen are a young married couple, both working in healthcare in New York City.
KAREN MANGUBAT (NURSE EDUCATOR – QUEENS, NEW YORK): As soon as he got sick I think personally we didn’t want to believe that it has something to do with COVID-19.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: But by chance, his wife Karen was with him at urgent care which changed how the attending physician treated his case.
KAREN MANGUBAT (NURSE EDUCATOR – QUEENS, NEW YORK): He didn’t fit in the initial criteria for being tested for COVID-19 but since the physician assistant and the doctor in the urgent care saw that I was pregnant they wanted to be extra cautious. So they gave him the COVID-19 test and a few days after he tested positive for it. I was also brought in to be tested, even though I have been mostly asymptomatic. I also tested positive for COVID-19.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: Neither of them were able to pinpoint exactly where, or how, they contracted the virus. Husband and wife, both healthcare workers, both positive for COVID-19 and with their first child on the way, told to go home and self monitor.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: You’re getting sicker, and sicker, and sicker. And then you Karen, you have h-ealthcare experience at one point you had to make the call, did you call 911? Did you take him in yourself? How did he get to the hospital?
KAREN MANGUBAT (NURSE EDUCATOR – QUEENS, NEW YORK): We were trying to listen to what they were saying according to CDC recommendations to stay home and manage his mild symptoms at home. He actually collapsed coming back out from using the bathroom.
KAREN MANGUABT TO PARAMEDICS: No, he never stopped breathing. He’ll have a little discomfort getting there, but I think he’ll make it.
KAREN MANGUBAT (NURSE EDUCATOR – QUEENS, NEW YORK): He was awake but it was obvious he was having a hard time breathing so we had to call 911. And as soon as we got there, since I am an employee we were taken right away to a room and he got admitted.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: If you’re a nurse at the hospital, even though you are a spouse, once he was admitted were you able to still have contact with him?
KAREN MANGUBAT (NURSE EDUCATOR – QUEENS, NEW YORK): It was such a great relief that I could actually see him, get updates on how he’s doing in real time.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: See, Karen is telling most of Reynaldo’s story because he simply doesn’t remember much.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: So from intubation to extubation you were gone? You have no recollection?
REY MANGUBAT (STERILE PROCESSING DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATE – QUEENS, NEW YORK): My wife would tell me stories of what I’d be doing but I was, I don’t remember.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: The hardest week of your life and you don’t remember it.
REY MANGUBAT (STERILE PROCESSING DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATE – QUEENS, NEW YORK): Which is good!
KAREN MANGUBAT (NURSE EDUCATOR – QUEENS, NEW YORK): So very simply I told him, they’re going to put a tube inside your throat but you won’t feel nothing because you’ll be sedated. And at that point he’s just agreeing and all he could remember was that we prayed before the doctor and the respiratory tech came into his room to start the intubation.
REY MANGUBAT (STERILE PROCESSING DEPARTMENT ASSOCIATE – QUEENS, NEW YORK): I actually remember her telling me that, I’m gonna get intubated.
KAREN MANGUBAT (NURSE EDUCATOR – QUEENS, NEW YORK): Many times during his hospital stay our Resident Minister Brother Joe Tasis would call us and pray for us, he was able to pray for us right before he got intubated also.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: Prayer was often something Reynaldo and Karen would turn to during this time.
KAREN MANGUBAT (INC MEMBER – WOODSIDE, NEW YORK): But on that day that he was actually put on the ventilator, I was thinking to myself, “What am I going to do if, we have to the worst outcome possible out of this?” But I just kept praying. I know our family and the brethren were also praying for us.
REY MANGUBAT (INC MEMBER – WOODSIDE, NEW YORK): I guess my biggest concern was my wife getting the symptoms and it would affect the baby that she’s carrying. I just put it to God. We are so grateful that in our worship service we are able to use the modern technology that we have because the worship service that was officiated by Brother Eduardo Manalo did really help a lot. It was inspirational and it strengthened our faith, especially when he was saying “stand up straight and look up.” Because we know as members of the Church Of Christ that when we pray to Him, that He will answer our prayers.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: For Reynaldo, the way God answered his prayers, was that he was able to recover, and go home to his wife, also recovered, and start to look ahead to a family of three. And Karen never did develop extensive symptoms, and early research has found that unborn children cannot contract COVID-19, so their baby boy is safe.
REY MANGUBAT (INC MEMBER – WOODSIDE, NEW YORK): We know that everything happens for a reason. Whatever it may be, only God knows. So for those who have loved ones who have been affected by the pandemic, remain strong, keep praying, continue to attend the worship service. And continue to have your devotional prayer. When I was in the hospital, I was still able to attend the worship service through the Webex which is very fortunate.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: It’s such an awesome story. Lastly, is there anything that you want to say to all of the healthcare workers. Not just to the ones that took care of your family but all the people who are in the frontlines right now taking care of so, so many people across the world?
KAREN MANGUBAT (INC MEMBER – WOODSIDE, NEW YORK): We know that you are risking your lives and your family’s lives every day. And there are no words to show our gratefulness. But the best way to thank them was to share our faith.
NAOMI DE LA CRUZ: While so many have lost their lives in New York, Rey and Karen’s survival is another hopeful reminder of how many are still with us. If you’d like to know more about the faith that kept Karen and Rey strong during their struggle, log on to incmedia.org. Naomi De La Cruz; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network.[VIDEO END]
RICHIE FERRERA: Roads across America are empty and truck drivers are hauling essentials to local communities during this time of pandemic.
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America’s 1.8 million truck drivers can’t work from home and often lack health insurance — and that may stymie the fight against coronavirus. Business Insider
RICHIE FERRERA: We meet one truck driver who is placing his protection in something greater. Shannon Santamaria has the details.[VIDEO START]
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: Can you tell us a little bit about what you do for a living?
JASON HARDING (TRUCK DRIVER – CINCINNATI, NORTHERN MIDWEST): I drive a semi [truck]. I deliver food products to different restaurants, medical facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities as well.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: Jason knows how challenging it is to be a truck driver during these times.
JASON HARDING (TRUCK DRIVER – CINCINNATI, NORTHERN MIDWEST): Store shelves have noticeably been not as fully stocked as people are used to seeing and there’s a genuine concern as to why the shelves are empty or why stores aren’t able to keep up with the inventory. And it took a little bit to catch up. Since COVID-19 has came about, personally, have to drive further anywhere from 150-200 miles away from home. And that can take me anywhere from 12-13 hours a day. It gets exhausting at times.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: And the concern of being at risk of contracting the virus is evident.
JASON HARDING (TRUCK DRIVER – CINCINNATI, NORTHERN MIDWEST): I do worry about unknowingly meeting someone that’s carrying the virus whether they know it or not. And I don’t particularly want to bring it home to my family.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: And with this ongoing pandemic, truck drivers like Jason understand the importance of their career while also taking precautions to fulfill their job.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: How many times do you interact with people?
JASON HARDING (TRUCK DRIVER – CINCINNATI, NORTHERN MIDWEST): I have tried to minimize our contact with people. Keeping our six feet distance or whatever. But we still do come in contact with people over the course of our duties all day long.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: For Jason, he knows that taking these measures are worth it.
JASON HARDING (TRUCK DRIVER – CINCINNATI, NORTHERN MIDWEST): It feels good that people are acknowledging our efforts as we get up and go to work every day, it hasn’t always been that way. I hope that people remember this, that just like they are, get up, go to work, to support our families and communities.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: Knowing that he can help bring food to people’s tables, Jason, has complete trust that wherever he goes he’ll be safe.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: Are you worried about contracting the virus being out in the field?
JASON HARDING (TRUCK DRIVER – CINCINNATI, NORTHERN MIDWEST): I just pray that God will take care of us.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: As the President of Buklod, the organization of married members in the Church Of Christ, Jason is prepared for any challenge.
JASON HARDING (BUKLOD PRESIDENT – CINCINNATI, NORTHERN MIDWEST): The Church Administration started planning and letting us know that hey, these things are coming we may come to a point where we’re not going to the places of worship for a while. So we have our worship services for some other means for the time being. So that everybody can stay home, take care of families
who are at risk of being sick.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: For Jason he remembers the lessons he learned as a member of the Church Of Christ.
JASON HARDING (BUKLOD PRESIDENT – CINCINNATI, NORTHERN MIDWEST): We were taught in our lessons that if you have faith of a mustard seed that will move mountains for us and my faith is that He’ll keep me healthy.
SHANNON SANTAMARIA: It’s essential workers like Jason who are risking their health serving their community during this pandemic. We’d like to say thank you for your service. To learn more about the latest news log on to incmedia.org/inc news world. Shannon Santamaria; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network.[VIDEO END]
RICHIE FERRERA: The U.K. coronavirus cases[CONTINUED IN GRAPHICS] [ON SCREEN GRAPHICS]
surged significantly in the third and fourth weeks of March making it one of the top ten countries with coronavirus. Pharmaceutical Technology
RICHIE FERRERA: Let’s learn about a nurse who shares her experience in this fight to help and aid the afflicted, while battling her own fears. Krystal Coronel has the story.[VIDEO START]
HEALTHCARE WORKER: It is completely unimaginable, and we’re not at the peak yet.
DICELYN GANTE (REGISTERED NURSE – WARSALL, UNITED KINGDOM): It is just that you know, when you go to the ward and you can see the people around, everyone is just crying.
KRYSTAL CORONEL: Dicelyn Gante, a nurse in Walsall, England witnesses first hand the extremes of this pandemic.
DICELYN GANTE (REGISTERED NURSE – WARSALL, UNITED KINGDOM): With COVID-19, it is a 50/50 case. You will see the patient that is well at this moment but in a matter of seconds, in a matter of minutes, in a matter of hours they can just go very serious, very ill that they could go to ITU, they could just die. But the moment you are with the patient, the patient is just like, you don’t know what to say to them.
KRYSTAL CORONEL: While the earliest cases of COVID-19 started to surface at the end of February, the United Kingdom didn’t issue a stay at home order until the end of March. Because of the delayed order, the surge in cases were bound to come, affecting thousands of people, including the Prime Minister himself.
BORIS JOHNSON (PRIME MINISTER OF THE U.K.): I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus, that’s to say a temperature and a persistent cough and on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer I’ve taken a test that has come out positive.
NEWS ANCHOR: On Monday night he told them they must stay at home to relieve the pressure that is mounting on the national healthy system.
PRIME MINISTER OF THE U.K.: From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction: you must stay at home. Because the critical thing we must do is to stop the disease spreading between households.
DICELYN GANTE (REGISTERED NURSE – WARSALL, UNITED KINGDOM): The gravity of this pandemic is serious. We shouldn’t ignore the lockdown system because it is very important. We should stay at our own home because this is very helpful.
KRYSTAL CORONEL: Healthcare workers on the front lines are facing daily unknowns, while taking care of patients and their coworkers, they are also dealing with their own fears.
DICELYN GANTE (REGISTERED NURSE – WARSALL, UNITED KINGDOM): As a frontliner the biggest challenge is the fear, the anxiety, the feeling of uncertainty. We are trying to protect the community. We are there, we battle ourselves, we are sacrificing our own lives.
KRYSTAL CORONEL: In the midst of an unending crisis, Dicelyn places her faith over her fears.
DICELYN GANTE (INC MEMBER – WARSALL, UNITED KINGDOM): Before I go to work, I always pray that God will help me, that God will shield me, that God will be by my side. I am always longing to go to the Church.
KRYSTAL CORONEL: What keeps her going is the inspiration she receives through worship services of the Church Of Christ, conducted in their own homes through video streaming.
DICELYN GANTE (INC MEMBER – WARSALL, UNITED KINGDOM): I am so glad that we are still carrying on to do the worship service at home. This is helping give me more strength to carry on with my everyday life, with my work, with my service, with my vocation. I know that life is very uncertain at the moment, but there is only one thing that I am certain of, that God is always by our side, and I trust that He is always there to protect us.
KRYSTAL CORONEL: Putting her faith over her fears, Dicelyn continues to join frontline workers in this ongoing fight against COVID-19. To find more ways to get through these hard times check out incmedia.org. Krystal Coronel; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network[VIDEO END]
RICHIE FERRERA: Well, that does it for us on INC News World. Tune in every Friday for new episodes of INC News World on incmedia.org. I’m Richie Ferrera, on behalf of the entire INC News World team, we’d like to thank the essential service workers, whether in healthcare or in any of the required industries that are keeping the rest of us safe; and we hope you are all safe and healthy, wherever you may be. Thank you for joining us. Have a great weekend and God bless!