CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Nicole Ambrosini made her way from Naples to New York City to treat COVID 19 patients. Telling me, her heart was set on New York.
“As soon as I heard, I was like get me over there as quick as you can”, said Ambrosini.
Working 12 hour shifts, 4 days a week in the emergency room at NYC Presbyterian Hospital, Ambrosini says this is a real life crisis.
“Everything you’re hearing on tv, yes it’s definitely happening here, it’s real. It’s not an exaggeration it’s heart wrenching”, said Ambrosini.
She says the hardest part is seeing patients die and dead bodies surrounding the hospital.
“Not that they are handled poorly, it’s just there is no other way, because there is just a large amount of people dying everyday 700, 600, there is another person coding”, said Ambrosini.
However, she finds comfort knowing Florida is doing their part to flatten the curve.
“I am proud of Florida with the social distancing that they started fairly early, and the travel restrictions within the state and quarantining people”, said Ambrosini.
On the front lines of the virus, she has some tips to protect yourself from catching it.
“Practicing the social distancing, and hygiene, hygiene is number 1 but it’s definitely going to be the social distancing”, said Ambrosini.
From a first hand account, she tells me it's been a scary situation, but she remains hopeful.
“Just so quiet, and it kind of feels like the whole city is crying. This has been really sad and and I don’t know how long it’s going to take and what life is like after this”, said Ambrosini.