Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Editorial / General News

Intensive Caring By The Sea

  • Photographer
    Alfons Cabrera
  • Technical Info
    Sony A7iii, 28-70 3.5-5.6. & 55 1.8
  • Photo Date
    22nd April 2020

The last line and core in the struggle against covid are the Intensive Care Units. I visited the one in Hospital del Mar (Hospital of the Sea, in Barcelona) last April, when the pandemic was hitting hardest in Catalonia. Since the crisis had begun until April 22nd, about 150 patients with the new coronavirus had stayed in this unit, with an average stay of 15 to 20 days. To deal with the situation, doctors and nurses were taking 12-hour shifts, four or five days a week. Those days, covid-19 patients were 80% of all critical patients in the ICU.

Born in Barcelona in 1982, after graduating in Medicine, I got my life straightened out: I studied Photography at IDEP Barcelona and Communication of Armed Conflicts at Complutense University of Madrid. Since 2017, and combined with my medical work in Barcelona, I have reported (mainly photography, but also text) in Catalonia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Spain, Ukraine and Romania, focusing (mostly but not only) on political and armed conflicts.