Fighting against the second wave

Infection rates continue to rise despite the lockdown. While patients are again being transferred to German hospitals, nurses fear a scenario that was previously avoided: an emergency situation in which patients are rejected in Dutch hospitals. The number of ICU beds is in danger of running out, and many more medical staff are sick or in quarantine.

Photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien recorded the situation behind the scenes of the Jeroen Bosch Hospital for more than five weeks.

"Anyone who enters the ICU and receives long-term artificial respiration is - if there is one afterwards - very damaged, and this is not only true of elderly people". - Peter de Jager, internist intensivist

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