Life Under Coronavirus
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.
The Newsday editorial board asked eligible older Long Islanders for their stories trying to obtain a vaccine --and we got more than 500. This episode captures the voicemails left by seniors about the frustrations and anxiety of searching for unavailable vaccines from Jones Beach to upstate SUNY Potsdam, in Episode 39 of Newsday Opinion’s “Life Under Coronavirus” podcast.
Sandra Lindsay, director of nursing for critical care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, received the shot heard around the world in December. The Port Washington nurse spoke to Newsday Opinion for Episode 38 of "Life Under Coronavirus" about her newfound celebrity, her expectations for the second shot, and the challenges ahead while the world gets vaccinated.
Long Island COVID-19 ICUs were sites of suffering patients and hard-at-work doctors and nurses this autumn, as hospitals in the region prepared for the coming surge. That included new treatments and methods like proning, turning sedated patients on their stomachs to help them breathe.
Back in the spring, Long Island Rail Road employee Ken Finegan and other Ronkonkoma Rail Yard workers were infected by the coronavirus -- before full precautions were in place to prevent the spread of the disease.
During the height of coronavirus in New York, jails and prisons were struggling to keep the pandemic at bay. In Yaphank, a section of single cells was turned into a quarantine location --but that meant women there already were moved into a shared dorm.
College is going to look a lot different this fall on Long Island. Local professors discuss the ins and outs of online classes, remote conversations on dense theoretical subjects, and why childcare means students (and professors) need flexibility during the semester.
The Bronx Zoo announced this week that it will be reopening at the end of July. But for months, it has been not visitors but just animals and essential workers in the wide green expanse. And some of the animals notice the lack of people, says zoo director Jim Breheny.
Recovering from COVID-19 can be a slow process. Scott Krakower, a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Northwell, tested positive in April, and he’s still not back to work.
Navigating the pandemic on the Nautical Mile in Freeport is an ongoing process for patrons this summer. Host Mark Chiusano spent an evening talking to bar-goers and visitors to the popular strip about their excitement to get out of the house and socialize a little.
How is the other half living on Long Island’s East End? Lots of canceled events, and lots of eating, according to Joan Hamburg of WABC.
When hair salons on Long Island started opening last week, there was plenty of hair to cut after months of quarantine. How hairdressers trying to stay safe and healthy -- no magazines, plenty of masks, social distancing.
Broadway might be dark but the show must go on. Actor Spencer Glass, originally from Merrick, talks about how show business is adapting to the pandemic.
Thousands of people packed into protests throughout New York this weekend to decry the police killing of George Floyd. In one of the region’s densest events in months of coronavirus, we asked protesters what made them brave the disease and gather.
A look at an ironic pandemic development: Long Island officials opened the summer season by blocking nonresidents from beaches -- but city dwellers are welcome at state parks built or made accessible by Robert Moses, who has fallen out of favor with many NYC residents. Featuring Thomas Campanella, Cornell professor and NYC Parks historian-in-residence and a quick check-in with Robert Caro, author of “The Power Broker.”
When coronavirus hit, Dr. James Mahoney of Freeport was about to retire. Instead, he continued serving public hospital patients in Brooklyn, until he fell ill and died from the virus himself.
An afternoon with the cleaning staff at the Cohalan Court Complex in Suffolk County. The cleaners are working overtime and getting compliments about their newly-visible occupation.
Selling puzzles in the bookstore window, a new e-commerce site, and why “Dune” and “The Great Gatsby” are big sellers: snapshots of the new normal for Book Revue in Huntington.
To stop the spread of COVID-19 and reopen for business, Long Island needs more contact tracing. Hear from a Suffolk County health official and a nurse epidemiologist who work on tracking the disease.
As Congress appropriates billions to combat coronavirus, more eyes are turning to modern monetary theory, which suggests that it’s ok for governments to spend more money. Featuring Stony Brook University professor Stephanie Kelton.
Long Island couples are rethinking weddings in the time of coronavirus. Hear from two couples adapting their weddings on the fly, featuring Zoom videos, social distancing, an Amazon dress, and the full happy dance party scheduled for healthier times.
Nursing homes across Long Island have been hard hit by the coronavirus, with families becoming frantic and facilities closing themselves off to the outside world. Hear how The Amsterdam at Harborside, a continuing care retirement community in Port Washington, has adapted.
Long Island’s roads look different these days. Just ask a truck driver.
What happens to a bustling Main Street in the age of COVID-19? Hear from Eileen Tyznar, president of the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce, which is putting together a relief fund to get businesses back on their feet.
Immigrant Long Islanders are being hard-hit by the pandemic. Hear from Make the Road New York organizer Ana Flores who talks about how COVID-19 affecting close-knit households and the difficult situation for day laborers, factory and construction workers.
School looks different now with the move to distance learning. Hear from Baldwin superintendent Shari Camhi and social studies teacher Tayla Plotke, for a conversation about mailed science experiments, technological learning and what happens when a teacher’s laptop is broken.
For Long Island’s homeless population, hunkering down indoors isn’t an easy option. Hear from Dwayne Brown, outreach worker for the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.
Baseball might be missing right now, but some Long Islanders are doing what they can to keep it alive. Hear from Rob Weissheier, first baseman and senior at Hofstra.
Major Warren Sheprow of the New York Army National Guard once cared for soldiers on a remote forward operating base in Iraq, but now he faces a new challenge: keeping them coronavirus-free in New York. Sheprow, a Port Jefferson native, talks about being on active duty at the Lexington Avenue Armory in Manhattan and keeping members of the military healthy for all their tasks. "I took an oath to help those guys. And that's why I'm here."
The coronavirus pandemic is pushing Long Islanders to solitary, outdoor pursuits: like bird watching. Episode 11 of Newsday Opinion’s “Life Under Coronavirus” is an interview with John Turner, experienced local birder and nature tour guide, four-time victim of Lyme disease, and senior conservation policy advocate of the Seatuck Environmental Association. Turner says that clearer skies and drops in pollution make this a prime time for birding, a balm for the soul. He says the songs of robins and their brethren can be “comforting” and maybe even good for the world if more people listen in: “We will get past this and maybe, maybe we'll be in a more enlightened place environmentally.”
Volunteer EMTs are many Long Islanders’ first interaction with the healthcare system. That’s a point of pride and concern during the coronavirus pandemic which is sickening so many frontline medical workers. Episode 10 of “Life Under Coronavirus” is a visit to the Massapequa Fire Department’s ambulance bay, where a crew of EMTs talks about bringing patients to plastic-draped emergency rooms that look like the moon, and how everything has to be considered a COVID call: “so every call is stressful now.”