Why I Didn't Hesitate When Asked to Clean the Rooms of COVID-19 Patients

Eugenio Mesa, an environmental services worker from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, on helping bring life back to normal

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im电竞官网-I'm from the neighborhood, so I live about two minutes from the work site. I've been applying to this hospital for years. I went to the interview—it was on my birthday—I got my job.

We were called into the office by our supervisor. It was a Saturday morning. They call me by my last name. “Hey, Mesa, can I speak to you?” In my mind I’m thinking, Am I in trouble She was like, “I’m not sure how comfortable you feel about going inside each room with COVID-19. Can you go in if I asked you to?” And I said, “Of course.” I didn’t hesitate.

I’m not scared of anything. I'm brave. It takes a lot of courage to do things that you’re not normally doing.

While the patient is there in the room, we try to move as quietly as we can. We’re not trying to wake them up, because they’re trying to recover. They’re not trying to hear anything they don’t want to hear.

It’s sad. Just working in the hospital normally is sad.

I was born in the Dominican Republic. I came here when I was about eight years old in 2000. This August is gonna be my 20th year in the United States. I already have 20 years here.

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I would not like to see somebody else get sick just because I’m in the middle of this. That’s just my biggest fear. I take care of myself before I’m able to interact with others at home, because I live with my mom and my brother.

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im电竞官网-We watch TV, we talk a lot, she cooks for me. She’ll be like, How’s it going? Is everything okay? I tell her everything is fine, everything is cool, everything is good. She cooks my meal every day, so I’m very happy.

im电竞官网-I feel good. Not just because they require me to do what I have to do. I'm doing this out of love. I want to see everything go back to normal. I want to be able to contribute to it.

I miss sports. I’m a baseball player.

One day I could be able to tell my kids like, Yeah, I was in this. I was helping out, making sure that these rooms were clean and that they had a clean environment so they could work.

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