1. STILL of doctors working in the intensive care unit of the Brescia hospital, Italy. (ID Ref No 20076624411827)
++ANNOTATED TEXT: HOSPITALS IN NORTHERN ITALY ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE ONSLAUGHT OF CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS.++
2. STILL of ICU doctor Matteo Filippini adjusting his mask in the intensive care unit (ID Ref No 20076640895505)
++ANNOTATED TEXT: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VISITED A NEW INTENSIVE CARE WARD AT THE PUBLIC HOSPITAL IN BRESCIA, ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT PROVINCES IN LOMBARDY.++
3. UPSOUND (Italian) Professor, Sergio Cattaneo, Director of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy at "Spedali Civili di Brescia" (Brescia's Civilians Hospital):
"This (ward) was empty until two weeks ago, and with the worsening of the epidemic, it was set up and completed in six days. Six (intensive therapy) beds were created." ++ANNOTATED TEXT: DR. SERGIO CATTANEO, THE HOSPITAL'S HEAD OF ANESTHESIOLOGY AND INTENSIVE CARE, SAYS HE'S SEEN MANY CHANGES TO FIGHT THE PANDEMIC.++
4. Mid of Intubated patient
5. Mid of patients in beds set up inside hospital laundry, waiting for COVID 19 tests results, medical personnel attending to them
6. Various of screening tents
++ANNOTATED TEXT: THEY INCLUDE AN UNUSED WARD OUTFITTED INTO AN ICU, A HOSPITAL LAUNDRY ROOM CONVERTED INTO A GIANT STRETCHER-FILLED WAITING ROOM AND A TENTED FIELD HOSPITAL ERECTED OUTSIDE TO TEST POSSIBLE NEW VIRUS PATIENTS.++
7. STILL of Sergio Cattaneo, head of anesthesiology and intensive care at Spedali Civili Di Brescia (ID Ref No 20076702866529)
++ANNOTATED TEXT: WHAT HAS SHOCKED HIM IS THE SPEED WITH WHICH THE VIRUS SPREAD.++
8. Cutaway of Cattaneo ++ANNOTATED TEXT: IF IT'S NOT BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL, HE SAYS, IT COULD BRING HOSPITALS TO THEIR KNEES.++
9. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Professor Sergio Cattaneo, Director of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy at "Spedali Civili di Brescia" (Brescia's Civilians Hospital):
"This graphic shows how the curve of the epidemic's outbreak in Wuhan's province is more or less superimposable with the blue curve the epidemic is following in Italy."
10. STILL of a doctor watching a coronavirus patient under treatment in the intensive care unit (ID Ref No 20077500687925)
++ANNOTATED TEXT: NOW, HE'S URGING COLLEAGUES AND AUTHORITIES AROUND THE WORLD TO CREATE NEW INTENSIVE CARE CAPACITY AS SOON AS THEY CAN TO PREEMPT THE SPREAD OF THE PANDEMIC.++
11. Various of screening tent
++ANNOTATED TEXT: FOR MOST PEOPLE, THE NEW CORONAVIRUS CAUSES ONLY MILD OR MODERATE SYMPTOMS, SUCH AS FEVER AND COUGH.++
12. STILL of Cattaneo walking to the ICU room (ID Ref No 20076630230966)
++ ANNOTATED TEXT: FOR SOME, ESPECIALLY OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH EXISTING HEALTH PROBLEMS, IT CAN CAUSE MORE SEVERE ILLNESS, INCLUDING PNEUMONIA.++
13. Exterior of "Spedali Civili di Brescia"
++ANNOTATED TEXT: THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE RECOVER FROM THE NEW VIRUS.++
Hospitals in northern Italy are struggling to make room for the onslaught of coronavirus patients.
The Associated Press visited a new intensive care ward at the public hospital in Brescia, one of the hardest-hit provinces in Lombardy. Dr. Sergio Cattaneo, the hospital's head of anesthesiology and intensive care, says he's seen many changes to fight the pandemic.
They include an unused ward outfitted into an ICU, a hospital laundry room converted into a giant stretcher-filled waiting room and a tented field hospital erected outside to test possible new virus patients.
What has shocked him is the speed with which the virus spread. If it's not brought under control, he says, it could bring hospitals to their knees.
Now, he's urging colleagues and authorities around the world to create new intensive care capacity as soon as they can to preempt the spread of the pandemic.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.
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