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COVID-19 Seattle: What happens in a hospital?

Apr 18, 2020, 8:10 AM | Updated: Apr 19, 2020, 7:57 am

Hospital workers watch as first responders pass by the Westchester Medical Center in a caravan of s...

Hospital workers watch as first responders pass by the Westchester Medical Center in a caravan of sirens and lights on April 14, 2020 in Valhalla, New York. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

KIRO Radio reporter Aaron Granillo tackles the question: what is it like to go into a hospital in Washington state with coronavirus?

Tracy Taylor joins the podcast as a guest. Her new segment, “A Search for the Cure,” will air throughout the day on KIRO Radio as she continues to follow the medical advances in the fight against coronavirus. Coronavirus survivors who’ve built up an immunity (and quarantined long enough that the illness is truly behind them) can donate their plasma and help with research. Tracy Taylor will tell us how.

Dr. Mark Tonelli, a bioethicist from the University of Washington, explains who makes decisions about giving out ventilators or an ICU bed, if the hospital system starts to run out of supplies. Surprisingly, it’s not your doctor.

Katie Thomas, a reporter for the New York Times who has been closely following the drug industry throughout the coronavirus crisis, explains the hype around the drug hydroxychloroquine.

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COVID-19 Seattle: What happens in a hospital?