New York hospitals hired youth for temporary jobs during the coronavirus emergency. (Free Press Photo: EFE)

Mariel Sander is a young 21-year-old student studying at Columbia University. When he was in his last month, the coronavirus pandemic came to New York, where he lives.

When she was notified of the closure of the university located in Manhattan, she decided not to stay home and looked for ways to help in this emergency.

New York quickly became the center of the pandemic in the United States, killing thousands of people and infecting others. To deal with this, many hospitals began recruiting youth for temporary jobs.

Sander was one of the people hired to work at a Brooklyn hospital morgue at $ 25 an hour.

During the month in which he worked he experienced a real mental and physical challenge when having to deal with a real nightmare. Torn corpse bags, amputated limbs, and mysterious fluids on sheets were her day to day.

He told his story to the New York Times and, as he said, one of his greatest learnings was to respect the rituals of death when he saw that thousands of people were unable to say goodbye to their loved ones since the viral load of the covid- 19 in corpses requires that they be immediately packed and cremated.

“This experience taught me more about empathy than anything else,” he told the NY Times.

On his first day of work, he observed how the morgue was collapsed, since the room that used to receive a dozen bodies, had at that time 90 corpses that needed to be stored.

New York, like many other states in the country, is trying to increase the number of people who undergo coronavirus screening as leaders work to determine safe plans to reopen the economy. (Free Press Photo: EFE)

During her time as a student she had received training as a technician in medical emergencies and there she learned to manipulate corpses. Still, she wasn’t prepared to see the imprint the coronavirus left behind.

His job was also to go to the rooms where the intensive patients were to collect the bodies of those who had just died. When this happened, he looked at how the person’s body was surrounded by other unconscious patients, the only sign of life was the sound of respirators.

He had to carry the bodies of babies, the elderly, men and women. Sometimes the bag allowed the deceased’s face to be seen and other times Sander could feel that the bodies were still warm.

On her last day of work, the test is done to rule out that she has been infected. The results came out negative at the same time that the university notified him that his graduation would be virtual.