When The Military Fights A Pandemic At Home : Short Wave Last Tuesday, the military helped evacuate dozens of critically ill COVID-19 patients from overwhelmed hospitals in Queens. NPR's Rebecca Hersher says what happened that night shows how training for war does — and does not — prepare members of the armed services for a pandemic at home.

When The Military Fights A Pandemic At Home

When The Military Fights A Pandemic At Home

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The Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort docked at Pier 90 on March 30, 2020 in New York City. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort docked at Pier 90 on March 30, 2020 in New York City.

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Last Tuesday, the military helped evacuate dozens of critically ill COVID-19 patients from overwhelmed hospitals in Queens. NPR's Rebecca Hersher says what happened that night shows how training for war does — and does not — prepare members of the armed services for a pandemic at home.

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This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.