Ex-UFC fighter Phillipe Nover fought plenty of battles during his mixed martial arts career, but no opponent was as terrifying as the virus he’s currently watch tear through the population in New York City on a daily basis.
The 36-year-old former Ultimate Fighter contestant has been a registered nurse in New York for several years where he works as part of a team in the Cath Lab, which is focused on cardiology.
Lately, however, Nover has been crossing over to work in the emergency rooms and intensive care units, which are being bombarded with more and more patients every day who are contracting the deadly coronavirus.
“Things just kind of turned upside down in a matter of days and weeks,” Nover explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “I’d say New York City was quite ill prepared. Especially as you can see with the personal protective equipment (PPE), which is the masks, gowns, the N95 masks. Initially, there was a lot of issues providing enough for the medical staff. Having enough tests, which only in the last week I would say, we were actually able to test within the hospital.
He recommends social distancing, washing your hands, keeping the numbers of people in groups as low as possible but more than anything Nover believes there’s one thing that will finally bring this pandemic to an end.“The No. 1 thing to overcome this virus is going to be testing.