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Story Publication logo May 3, 2021

Return to the Place of Ghosts

Image courtesy of Giles Duley. United Kingdom, 2020.

"We thought we were ready, and then we realized we had no idea," said Dr. Sabeena Qureshi. COVID-19...

Black and white photo of a man wearing scrubs and a white face mask walking through white curtains that have a sign on them saying "keep out."
Emergency technical assistant João Carlos Ruivo Alves steps into the 'red zone' (a designated ward for suspected Covid-19 patients) at Charing Cross A&E on May 11, 2020. Image by Giles Duley. United Kingdom.

After stepping on an IED while documenting war in Afghanistan, award-winning photographer Giles Duley spent 46 days in intensive care, much of it on a ventilator. For all the severity of his injuries, the most traumatic memories from his year in recovery came from that time. As Covid-19 put medics and support staff around the world under the very worst challenges and many thousands of patients through the same trauma, Duley returned to the wards that brought his life back from the edge to document a different frontline and a "war" where humanity survives.

Throughout May 2020, Duley was asked to document the response to Covid-19 by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in three London hospitals: Charing Cross, St Mary’s and Hammersmith. From A&E to the laboratories, admin staff to ICU nurses, the first ward to be switched to a Covid-19 cohort to heart surgery, he saw the complex, multidisciplinary response to this crisis by the NHS.

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