Friday evening within the metropolis on a useless finish road. Gentle beams out of the ambulance’s open again doorways. Contained in the EMT spreads a clear white sheet on the black stretcher mattress. He hits the exhaust button on the wall, after which exits from the aspect doorways. My masked affected person steps up into the again the place he lays down on the stretcher. I stand in full PPE gear, and soak up a final breath of the contemporary evening air after which enter the compartment. I sit on the bench seat. The EMT closes the door and it’s simply me, the affected person and COVID, below the intense fluorescent lights.