President Trump is out of the hospital, has declared himself possibly “immune” from the coronavirus, and implored the country: “Don’t be afraid of Covid” (via Twitter, of course). Here at Frequency and Amplitude, we’re not too keen to go back to the days of peak Covid, the months of nonstop, cascading sirens from all directions, the days spent trying to locate missing neighbors in local hospitals.
As a reminder of what we don’t want to repeat, we present you with some peak-Covid police scanner audio from the Bronx. This recording, from mid-April, has a dispatcher relaying a report of an (alleged) improvised morgue at the site of an ambulance company. This was a time when the health-care system was so overloaded that hospitals were storing bodies in refrigerated trucks. Covid denialists still claim the numbers are exaggerated, a claim that is laughable to those of us who witnessed the toll firsthand. None of this is a secret: The location of the morgue site in this recording was mentioned in a story by The City, “Moving Trucks Carry the Dead as Funeral Homes Get Slammed.”
A note: the “Oh boy” used by the dispatcher is likely shorthand for a car number. Bronx EMS Station 20-B is nicknamed “O-Boy,” though we are unable to verify if there is any connection to this particular call.
We thank the anonymous reader who provided us with this recording, and encourage anyone to send interesting audio clips to firstname.lastname@example.org
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