Listen to episodes of Life Under Coronavirus: Long Island's Helpers, Newsday's podcast on the pandemic hosted by Mark Chiusano and produced by Amanda Fiscina. It's a look into how Long Islanders are meeting the challenge of COVID-19. Each episode features a Long Islander talking about his or her experience with coronavirus, with a focus on what people are doing to help. Join us to hear upbeat stories that show how LI is getting by under disease lockdown, an oral history for the period when this is all over.
Episode 5: Dr. Lina Miyakawa, ventilator expert
New York needs ventilators, and quick. Lina Miyakawa of Mount Sinai Beth Israel is one of the doctors who operate those lifesaving breathing machines, working almost around the clock as COVID-19 patients begin to crowd hospital beds. She describes how the machines work and outlines one experimental technique doctors are being driven to in order to meet this moment: putting more than one patient on a machine. This is the fifth episode of “Life Under Coronavirus” about the region’s helpers during the current health crisis.
Episode 4: Long Island's mask makers
Doctors and nurses are scrambling for masks, and Long Islanders are trying to help -- by making them. Hicksville linen rental company The Finishing Touch pivoted from bar mitzvahs to donated surgical masks. And former nurse and current quilter Christine Brons of Rocky Point is making masks for health care workers and other vulnerable people out of her colorful stock at home. “I’m just going to keep sewing,” she says. This is the fourth episode of Newsday Opinion's "Life Under Coronavirus," about Long Island's helpers during this health crisis.
Episode 3: Quarantined Steve Bellone, Suffolk County executive
The coronavirus epicenter is firmly in New York, with White House officials citing Long Island specifically as a worrisome problem spot in the nation. As the storm arrives, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is guiding the county’s COVID-19 response while himself being under quarantine after a deputy tested positive. He’s living and working from a “10 by 10 room,” a play area for his kids, juggling his landline and cellphone and ’80s music on the computer. “People are nervous and anxious but you know we will get through this,” he says. This is the third episode of Newsday Opinion's "Life Under Coronavirus," about Long Island's helpers during this health crisis.
Episode 2: Betsy Glazer, Long Beach Soup Kitchen volunteer
Betsy Glazer, a volunteer at the Long Beach Soup Kitchen, is helping to feed people despite the coronavirus threat. The soup kitchen is staying open – providing takeaway food. “I guess I was thinking I hope they're still coming,” Glazer says about what she was thinking on her first day serving under the new rules. “And I hope they know that we'll be there for them.” This is the second episode of Newsday Opinion's "Life Under Coronavirus," about Long Island's helpers during this health crisis.
Episode 1: Rabbi Levi Gurkov
Rabbi Levi Gurkov, director of Chabad of Oceanside, has been delivering supplies to elders and adapting Jewish religious traditions in the face of COVID-19. This is the first episode of Newsday Opinion's "Life Under Coronavirus" podcast about Long Island's helpers during this health crisis.