“Everyone basically agreed we should dedicate one person to covid intubations during the day and another at night, and I started thinking: I’m 33 years old. I don’t have any kids at home. I don’t live with older relatives. About an hour after the meeting, I emailed my supervisor. ‘I’m happy to do this. It should be me.'” Cory Deburghgraeve, on performing one of the pandemic’s most dangerous jobs: “You’re basically right next to the nuclear reactor.”

+ “In 2015, Turang worked in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, but says that experience was less stressful than what her colleagues are enduring now in the United States.” This Is What Happens When the Federal Government Abandons You.

+ NPR: “Some facilities stated that they turned to non-traditional sources of medical equipment and supplies … such as online retailers, home supply stores, paint stores, autobody supply shops, and beauty salons.”

+ I’m sorry to report that the story gets worse from here. “Many health systems are making direct cuts to their payrolls, eliminating or shrinking performance bonuses and prorating paychecks to mirror reduced workload until operations stabilize.” And from ProPublica: Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a New Crisis: Private Equity-Backed Staffing Firms Are Cutting Their Doctors’ Hours and Pay. (A pandemic hitting the American health system is like a person jumping to escape from a burning building and landing in quicksand.)