On the front lines in Florida against an ‘invisible enemy’
A photo essay by visual journalist Kinfay Moroti
At Lee Health in Southwest Florida, the COVID intensive care unit is surprisingly quiet. The ventilators whoosh rhythmically as nurses monitor vitals, adjust fluids and carefully reposition patients.
Outside the rooms, they turn their protective gear inside out and get back to the fight.
In Florida, the death toll is approaching 2,000, and there have been more than 43,000 cases of the coronavirus. Across the nation, more people have died from COVID-19 than from six U.S. wars combined.
The frontlines are at local hospitals, where doctors and nurses try to ease suffering, comfort patients who are alone and save those they can. The virus attacks the respiratory system without warning. It is like the wind, invisible and powerful.
Kinfay Moroti, who photographed the Iraq War, gained rare access at Lee Health in March and April, documenting the medical staff and its efforts. He gowned up, used his own N95 mask and spent several hours in the ICU. Here is what he saw.
Visual journalist Kinfay Moroti is a partner at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in Fort Myers, Florida. Connect with him at 239-476-2080. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: Kinfay Moroti. Instagram: @Kinfay.