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Life and death in COVID units around the world

Dr. Dan Ponticiello, 43, prepares to intubate a coronavirus patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Dr. Dan Ponticiello, 43, prepares to intubate a coronavirus patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Dr. Dan Ponticiello, 43, prepares to intubate a coronavirus patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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A patient suffering from the coronavirus is seen at a fever clinic in Saint George Hospital University Medical center, in Beirut, Lebanon January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Ayat Basma

A patient suffering from the coronavirus is seen at a fever clinic in Saint George Hospital University Medical center, in Beirut, Lebanon January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Ayat Basma

A patient suffering from the coronavirus is seen at a fever clinic in Saint George Hospital University Medical center, in Beirut, Lebanon January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Ayat Basma
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A view shows wards at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace, which was converted into a temporary hospital for people suffering from the coronavirus in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A view shows wards at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace, which was converted into a temporary hospital for people suffering from the coronavirus in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A view shows wards at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace, which was converted into a temporary hospital for people suffering from the coronavirus in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A nurse passes through a curtain to assist a patient in the ICU at Milton Keynes University Hospital, Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A nurse passes through a curtain to assist a patient in the ICU at Milton Keynes University Hospital, Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A nurse passes through a curtain to assist a patient in the ICU at Milton Keynes University Hospital, Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A medical staff member assists a patient suffering from the coronavirus in an intensive care unit at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A medical staff member assists a patient suffering from the coronavirus in an intensive care unit at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A medical staff member assists a patient suffering from the coronavirus in an intensive care unit at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi
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A medical staff member wearing gloves works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A medical staff member wearing gloves works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A medical staff member wearing gloves works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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A medical worker in a protective suit attends to coronavirus patient at the ICU at the university hospital in Aachen, Germany, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

A medical worker in a protective suit attends to coronavirus patient at the ICU at the university hospital in Aachen, Germany, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

A medical worker in a protective suit attends to coronavirus patient at the ICU at the university hospital in Aachen, Germany, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler
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A medical worker in a protective suit attends to a coronavirus patient at the ICU at the university hospital in Aachen, Germany, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

A medical worker in a protective suit attends to a coronavirus patient at the ICU at the university hospital in Aachen, Germany, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

A medical worker in a protective suit attends to a coronavirus patient at the ICU at the university hospital in Aachen, Germany, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler
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A medical staff member stands in an intensive care unit for patients suffering from the coronavirus at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A medical staff member stands in an intensive care unit for patients suffering from the coronavirus at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A medical staff member stands in an intensive care unit for patients suffering from the coronavirus at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi
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A patient suffering from the coronavirus lies in bed at an intensive care unit at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A patient suffering from the coronavirus lies in bed at an intensive care unit at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

A patient suffering from the coronavirus lies in bed at an intensive care unit at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Emilie Madi
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Professor Carole Ichai, head of the ICU, is seen where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Professor Carole Ichai, head of the ICU, is seen where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Professor Carole Ichai, head of the ICU, is seen where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A hospital staff member prepares to treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus in the ICU at the Hospital de Sant Pau, after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control a COVID-19 third wave, in Barcelona, Spain, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A hospital staff member prepares to treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus in the ICU at the Hospital de Sant Pau, after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control a COVID-19 third wave, in Barcelona, Spain,...more

A hospital staff member prepares to treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus in the ICU at the Hospital de Sant Pau, after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control a COVID-19 third wave, in Barcelona, Spain, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Hospital staff treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus in the ICU at the Hospital de Sant Pau, after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control a COVID-19 third wave, in Barcelona, Spain, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Hospital staff treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus in the ICU at the Hospital de Sant Pau, after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control a COVID-19 third wave, in Barcelona, Spain, January 21, 2021....more

Hospital staff treat a patient suffering from the coronavirus in the ICU at the Hospital de Sant Pau, after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control a COVID-19 third wave, in Barcelona, Spain, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A patient receives medical treatment in a ward at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace, which was converted into a temporary hospital for people suffering from the coronavirus, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A patient receives medical treatment in a ward at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace, which was converted into a temporary hospital for people suffering from the coronavirus, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A patient receives medical treatment in a ward at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace, which was converted into a temporary hospital for people suffering from the coronavirus, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A medical staff member works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A medical staff member works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A medical staff member works in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Medical staff attend to patients on a COVID-19 ward at Milton Keynes University Hospital Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Medical staff attend to patients on a COVID-19 ward at Milton Keynes University Hospital Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Medical staff attend to patients on a COVID-19 ward at Milton Keynes University Hospital Milton Keynes, Britain, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A medical staff member assists a patient in the ICU for COVID-19 at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A medical staff member assists a patient in the ICU for COVID-19 at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A medical staff member assists a patient in the ICU for COVID-19 at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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"Nikki" Anniken Hars treats a patient with coronavirus in the ICU at Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet, in Oslo, Norway November 27, 2020. NTB/Jil Yngland via REUTERS

"Nikki" Anniken Hars treats a patient with coronavirus in the ICU at Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet, in Oslo, Norway November 27, 2020. NTB/Jil Yngland via REUTERS

"Nikki" Anniken Hars treats a patient with coronavirus in the ICU at Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet, in Oslo, Norway November 27, 2020. NTB/Jil Yngland via REUTERS
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A medical staff member wearing a protective mask and suit works in the ICU for COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A medical staff member wearing a protective mask and suit works in the ICU for COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A medical staff member wearing a protective mask and suit works in the ICU for COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Le Mans, France, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Dr. Gabriel Gomez, 40, intubates a coronavirus patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Dr. Gabriel Gomez, 40, intubates a coronavirus patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Dr. Gabriel Gomez, 40, intubates a coronavirus patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Medical staff members work in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Medical staff members work in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Medical staff members work in the ICU where patients suffering from the coronavirus are treated at the Pasteur hospital in Nice, France, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Coronavirus ICU nurses display tattoos they all got to commemorate their bond as frontline workers and the people they have lost, at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Coronavirus ICU nurses display tattoos they all got to commemorate their bond as frontline workers and the people they have lost, at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Coronavirus ICU nurses display tattoos they all got to commemorate their bond as frontline workers and the people they have lost, at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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