Patients spit on doctors in New York amid coronavirus chaos

'We’ve had people trash our lobbies, cursing, spitting, coughing on the faces of my employees,' says Dr JD Zipkin

On top of gruelling hours and non-stop work due to the coronavirus pandemic, doctors in New York are having to deal with being spat on, verbally abused and more.

The state is the hardest hit in the US, accounting for almost half of the country's more than 150,000 cases and climbing.

Medical director of New York City-based urgent care centers Dr JD Zipkin says he's had to ramp up security at his hospitals in response.

'We’ve had people trash our lobbies, cursing, spitting, coughing on the faces of my employees if they don’t get what they want."

"I've had a lot of my providers end their shifts in tears. It's more than any of us signed up for."

Dr Jennifer Haythe, a critical care cardiologist at Columbia University Medical Center, says no visitors are allowed in her hospital anymore.

"There's an eerie quietness to the halls and

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