We’ve all had a hard time facing the coronavirus pandemic, the greatest crisis since World War II. Many of us are still isolated in our homes while a handful of the most altruistic of humankind fights for the lives of hundreds of thousands behind the screen. Go Nakamura, a Houston based photojournalist, visited the United Memorial Medical Center around 20 times to reveal the real situation, the silent fight that we don’t witness in front of the TV screen.
As the death toll of the United States due to coronavirus exceed the 300, 000 mark on Monday, Nakamura’s photographs are touching and a miserable reminder of our responsibility as citizens.
#1 On November 26th, Dr. Joseph Varon Comforts A COVID-19 Patient
#2 On June 30th, A Member Of The Medical Staff Rests Infront Of A Fan In The ICU
#3 On October 31st, A Doctor Grabs The Hand Of The COVID-19 Patient
Nakamura had to follow several rules in order to take the photographs; being fully covered in personal protective equipment, not taking photographs of the patients, getting the permission of the patient beforehand, etc. Usually, the doctor asks the patient if Nakamura can enter or not, and the patients reply if they are conscious at the time. He waits outside if the patient says no. Nakamura believes that if he is able to capture the face of the patient, it can deliver a much stronger impression about the situation.
#4 On July 2nd, Medical Staff Members At The United Memorial Medical Center Rests In The ICU
#5 On December 7th, Medical Staff Member Jaqoues Bistre Varon Flips A Patient In The Prone Position In The Covid-19 ICU
The shoot is indeed a period of walking on thin ice and it is only after he gets out and looks at them that the scenery really hits him. Nakamura explained that during his first time at the hospital, Dr. Varon took the initiative to introduce him to others. He continued: “The medical staff was talking and laughing with each other, and I thought this is a very good environment, a fun workplace, and five minutes later, the doctor turned to me, looked directly into my eyes with a very serious face, and said we try to laugh off everything because otherwise, you would go crazy,” he said explaining the pain behind the smile.
#6 On December 7th, Iv Pumps And Electrocardiogram Machines At Patient’s Room In The Covid-19 ICU
#7 On June 30th, Medical Staff With Full PPE Push A Stretcher With A Dead COVID-19 Patient To A Car Outside Of The Covid-19 ICU
#8 On July 28th, Doctors Treat A Patient Who Is Wearing A Helmet-Based Ventilator In The Covid-19 ICU
His intention was to disclose what really happens in the hospitals that many don’t get to see. He said he was not used to seeing harsh stuff as the doctors, but he still holds his urge to close his eyes for a sake of a clear photograph. He said, “I want the people to know how the others are struggling – of course the patients but also the medical workers.”
Dr. Varon who welcomed Nakamura had been working for 260 days straight and the nurses since the beginning of summer without any days off.
#9 On December 2nd, Medical Staff Member Gabriel Cervera Rodriguez Closes His Eyes While Taking A Short Break In The Covid-19 ICU
#10 On November 10th, Medical Staff Members Treat A Patient In The Covid-19 ICU
Fighting the pandemic is up to all of us. Hundreds could lose their lives due to the childish recklessness of one. “No one is safe until everyone is safe”. If we don’t stay within a range of 1m with the others, our bodies will have to stack on top of each other.
Image credits – Go Nakamura