'So much death': LA hospital reels at center of Covid storm

Los Angeles (AFP) – Deep within a South Los Angeles hospital, a row of elderly Hispanic men lay hooked up to ventilators — their bodies resting in induced comas — while nurses clad in spacesuit-style respirators checked their patients’ bleeping monitors in the otherwise eerie silence. The intensive care unit in one of the city’s poorest districts is well-accustomed to death, but with Los Angeles now at the heart of the United States’s Covid-19 pandemic, medics say they have never seen anything on this scale. “It’s hard. We’re human, and we’re trying our best,” said nurse Vanessa Arias. “But …

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