Limerick man main New York’s combat towards Covid-19
The Irishman who led New York’s response to the coronavirus crisis has shared how challenging circumstances have led to innovations like two patients using a ventilator.
Originally from Knockaderry, Co Limerick, Michael Dowling is the managing director of Northwell Health, the largest health care company in New York State, which operates 23 hospitals and nearly 800 outpatient facilities.
“In a crisis like this, people have become very innovative,” he told RTÉ Radio.
Innovations include patient sharing of ventilators and converting bypass machines into ventilators, he explained.
Mr Dowling warned that the decision to end the lockdown should not be a political one. If it were picked up too quickly, it could mean the virus would recur and that would be “a big problem”.
I believe in sticking with the current guidelines until it is clear that the curve is flattening out and then we can get back to business.
He said he believed the timing of the decision should be based on science.
Mr Dowling added that he believed the virus will change society: “It will change us, it will change the way we live, work and our relationships.
“When this is over, a large proportion of the people who work from home now will continue to work from home.
“This will allow us to see how much we take for granted.
When we have this experience, we will see that we are very happy. How happy we are under normal circumstances.