The surge of coronavirus patients is beginning to overwhelm hospitals in the world’s new epicenter: New York City. Other hotspots are growing from coast to coast, but New York state has nearly half the known cases in the U.S. For more than 80% of patients, the symptoms of the disease, COVID-19, tend to be relatively mild. But the small fraction of seriously ill patients is forcing a national mobilization. In New York City alone, hundreds have died. The battle is being fought in the city’s intensive care units by a frontline of critical care doctors and nurses. A rare look inside hospitals battling coronavirusScott Pelley: Tell me about the battle you’re fighting.Dr. Gul Zaidi: It’s hard. We’re ICU doctors, we’re used to pressure. We’re used to seeing a lot of things that normal people don’t see. But this is really beyond anything I’ve seen in my career. Dr. Gul Zaidi has been a critical care specialist nine years at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens. Dr. Gul Zaidi: There’s no time to sit, let alone eat or do simple things like take bathroom breaks. We just keep going. And it’s essentially one room to the next. Scott Pelley: When was the last time

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