In the spring of 2020 Glenn Magpili, 42, got sick with COVID. The first wave of the pandemic had flooded New York area hospitals and Magpili, an emergency room nurse in Manhattan, fell ill in the same hospital where he'd been caring for patients sick with the coronavirus. Then, he was intubated.
"When I woke up, I thought I was just asleep for a couple of days," he recalls. "They told me it was almost four weeks."
Magpili recovered but counts himself "one of the lucky ones. There were so many Filipino nurses who got sick," he says.