The entire world has come to a standstill thanks to the rapid spread of the COVID-19. But there's no doubt that when it comes to the US, New York is the hotspot for the virus.
Well, this week, one man from New York has come under fire for concealing his coronavirus symptoms to visit his wife in the hospital...
Keep scrolling for the full story, including how the hospital has responded.
Hospitals are busier than ever.On top of the usual influx of patients, healthcare workers are now dealing with a very serious pandemic, and working around the clock to save as many lives as possible.
Many people across the world are being urged to stay indoors.
via: GettyIn a last-ditch effort to slow down the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, countries and major cities all over the world have gone into full lockdown.
COVID-19 has been spreading at an alarming rate...And now, nearly 877,041 globally have been infected with the virus and a further 43,541 people have tragically died.
Self-isolation has now been deemed as the most effective way of combating the virus.While medical researchers work tirelessly to find a vaccine, regular people have been urged to avoid any form of social interaction and contact as best they can.
COVID-19 is spread notoriously easily...Person-to-person contact is thought to be the main method of transmission for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Through sneezing and coughing, primarily.
So remaining isolated is the safest option for many...And millions are now quarantining themselves at home for months at a time.
Many have been forced to temporarily leave their jobs amid the health crisis...And have no option but to sit in their homes and think of ways to stay entertained.
Many governments around the world are taking this extremely seriously.
via: GettyBut it seems that not everyone is seeing things in the big picture.
New York City has been the epicenter for coronavirus cases in the US.
via: Getty ImagesSo much so, that last week, those who have been in New York, specifically, the New York metro area, were asked to quarantine for fourteen days.
New York state alone has accounted for 75,983 cases...
via: Getty ImagesAnd 1,714 deaths, most of them occurring in New York City.
According to a New York doctor, the number of patients on ventilators "more than doubled" in the past few days...
via: Getty ImagesDr. Craig Smith, chair of the department of surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, explained: “We have not exhausted our existing supply of ventilators but if we keep doubling every three days, we might."
So, its safe to say that across the state, the situation isn't good.
via: Getty ImagesBut it seems that one New York man has been causing a stir this week.
via: Getty ImagesBecause he hid his coronavirus symptoms from medical staff.
According to several reports, the man was attempting to visit his wife in the hospital...
via: Getty ImagesAfter she had begun to show signs of the virus shortly after giving birth, PEOPLE reports.
The incident occurred last week at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
via: ShutterstockApparently, the man attempted to conceal his symptoms so that he would be able to visit his wife, despite the fact that those displaying symptoms must self-isolate for the recommended fourteen days.
On Monday, UR Medicine announced they would now be putting stricter measures in place for hospital visitors.
via: Getty ImagesNow, hospital staff will be screening all visitors attempting to come into Strong, Highland, and 3 other affiliated hospitals with maternity services.
Staff will be screening for symptoms of the virus...
via: Getty ImagesAs well as taking the temperatures of those attempting to visit.
UR Medicine posted an announcement on their website following the incident:
New York man hid coronavirus symptoms to visit wife in maternity ward at Strong Memorial Hospital. Not the way to… https://t.co/4zr4ubKzKv— David Broder, DO (@David Broder, DO)1585696230.0
They are also enforcing new regulations requiring all staff, patients, and visitors to wear medical masks while in public spaces in their facilities.
If you have #COVID19 symptoms: Isolate yourself. Call your doctor for guidance. Do not go to PCP office, ED, ur… https://t.co/SxYu2ydwr9— UR Medicine (@UR Medicine)1585321286.0
In fact, some people think charges should be pressed against the man.
@cleveland19news Charges should be pressed— Diggity (@Diggity)1585744626.0
It is not known if the newborn baby or either of the parents has tested positive for COVID-19.
“The unnamed man said he knew he had been exposed to the virus but decided to conceal his symptoms from Strong Memo… https://t.co/VOZuL4Evqi— 𝕊𝕀𝕄ℙ𝔸𝕀 𝕋ℍ𝔼𝔼 𝔻𝕆𝕃ℙℍ𝕀ℕ 🐬✨ (@𝕊𝕀𝕄ℙ𝔸𝕀 𝕋ℍ𝔼𝔼 𝔻𝕆𝕃ℙℍ𝕀ℕ 🐬✨)1585746150.0