Wednesday, April 29, 2020
A moment of joy outside Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Text and photos by Daniel Efram
My apartment is across from one of the loading docks for the Mount Sinai Beth Israel complex on First Avenue.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the sounds around here have been limited to sirens as well as nurses, doctors and health-care workers arriving for their shifts — not to mention the constant presence of hearses, which seem to come and go at all hours.
Yesterday, in one of my rare grocery outings, I heard a huge round of applause as I crossed First Avenue. Several dozen health-care workers had gathered outside of the hospital exit clapping and cheering as a patient who had successfully battled the virus was being released.
It was an unusually beautiful moment. It was tough to focus. I was crying.
Sharing was also deeply emotional. The first place I thought of posting my photos was with the Survivor Corps Facebook Group, which is dedicated to connecting and mobilizing survivors of COVID-19 as well as helping those who have lost loved ones. It's a very humbling place. I was pleased to share a moment of joy.