A Manhattan E.R. Doctor Recalls the Lessons of 9/11 While Treating Coronavirus Patients


I recently spoke by phone with Antonio Dajer, a longtime Manhattan emergency physician, who is currently treating coronavirus patients. On September 11, 2001, Dajer was the assistant director of what was then called N.Y.U. Downtown Hospital, the closest hospital to the World Trade Center; the planes struck during one of his shifts. During our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity, we discussed the similarities and differences between 9/11 and the current crisis, what preparation time allows medical staff to accomplish, and the frustration of medical professionals over the way the federal government has managed the coronavirus pandemic.

By Isaac Chotiner

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