At least 429/11 survivors from COVID-19 and first responders have died, a new report has revealed.
As Citi reports as part of their ‘Missing Them’ series, more than 1,300 other people near or responding to the World Trade Center have contracted coronavirus since the epidemic began.
Experts warn that the probability of dying at present is actually much higher than the 42 listed by the World Trade Center Health Program, citing insufficient data.
The first respondent to be killed by the disease is Michael Field, who arrived at the World Trade Center on 9/11, shortly after the first plane was dropped on the North Tower on 9/11.
The FDNY emergency medical technician ended up working at the Ground Zero site for the next nine months, digging through debris and dust as the desperate rescue operation soon turned into a lengthy recovery effort.
His wife, Stacey Fields, said Michael later developed rheumatoid and pulmonary issues that he believed were triggered by his months of work on the site.
On 8 April, Michael died of complications brought by COVID-19. The 59-year-old from Valley Stream, Long Island, leaves behind his wife and three adult children.
The first respondent among those killed by the disease is Michael Field, who arrived at the World Trade Center on 9/11 after flying the first plane on the North Tower on 9/11.
On 11 September 2001, firefighters walk towards one of the towers at the World Trade Center before an aircraft collides with the building
Stacey Field said her husband and other workers were told at the time that ‘everything was fine’, as they searched through the ground zero’s wreckage.
Just seven days after the attack, then- Federal Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman assured that the air around the fallen towers was ‘safe to breathe.’ A report by the Office of Inspector General said that two years later the EPA lacked sufficient evidence to make such a claim.
While 429/11 first responders or survivors are currently reported to have died from COVID-19 since the epidemic began in early March, experts and WTC health program officials are warning that the toll may be too high is likely to.
In April, the World Trade Center Health Program (WTHCP) suggested that the impact of the epidemic on 79,000 first responders had not been adequately monitored and that there were more than 26,000 survivors among its ranks.
The group responded by matching those affected by the fatal disease. In the past six months, the group reported that more than 1,300 people working or living close to Ground Zero and other 9/11 sites have contracted coronovirus.
Citi reported that collecting an exact match of infections and deaths has proved troublesome. At the onset of the epidemic, it is reported that only those who have seen or contacted WTHCP-affiliated health care providers have been seen.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman Stephanie Stevens said the clinic later began calling members who fall under the CDC’s high-risk category for complications from COVID-19.
He said that WTC Health Program clinics are now scheduling surveillance exams, which he hopes will help them learn the COVID-19 status of enrolling more accurately.
‘This data has been collected passively,’ Stevens said. ‘Each clinic took a different approach.’
It is currently unclear whether Michael Field’s death, which is one of the 105,000 enrolled in the WTHCP, is reflected in the 42 deaths so far.
The total number of people enrolled in the WTHCP also accounts for only 25 percent of those estimated to have been exposed to toxic dust during and after those attacks.
Of the tracked members, 55 percent developed a 9/11-related disease and 2,955 died before the epidemic. According to the CDC, an additional 541 died between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020.
In the past six months, the group reported that at least 1,300 people working or living near Ground Zero and other 9/11 sites have contracted coronovirus
58,000 survivors and first responders in the program are reported to have suffered after 9/11 waking effects such as respiratory problems and pulmonary disease.
More than 58,000 survivors and first responders in the program have reported suffering from respiratory problems and pulmonary disease such as post-9/11 effects.
Survivors have also faced high rates of cancer, which data from the general population, WTHCP, reveal.
Underlying health conditions make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 given the virus’ tendency to attack the lungs and compromise the immune system.
It is believed that about 400,000 people were exposed to poisonous dust due to the 9/11 attacks. About a quarter of this number is believed to be screened for related disease.
The long-term effects of exposure to toxic dust are still not fully understood today.
Michael Barash, a lawyer whose firm represents more than 20,000 people who developed health conditions after 9/11, said his clients are uniquely vulnerable to coronovirus.
He said, “Whether you have severe respiratory disease or chemo or radiation, your immune system is going to be compromised.” ‘They get coronavirus and they die.’
Barash told the outlet that at least 98 of his customers have died of coronovirus since March, all of which had respiratory illnesses or survived cancer due to 9/11.
The city was able to identify 239/11 survivors who died from COVID-19, through public records, news reports and social media tributes. If none of his names were customers, Barash did not confirm.
The outlet said that at least 11 people suffer from respiratory issues or 9/11-related diseases such as cancer.
Among the dead are former Iraqi NYPD detective and 48-year-old retired firefighter Anthony Iraqi, who developed respiratory disease after being exposed to poisonous dust while working at the Ground Zero site. He died on March 27, family members confirmed to Staten Island Live.
His wife Melissa at the time said, “The doctors at RUMC told me how bad his lungs were, and they were waiting for the results of the coronovirus test.” ‘But even though I couldn’t be with her, I know that the doctors and nurses did their best and I really feel a connection with them. I am very grateful for his care. ‘
Idris Bee, a 27-year-old veteran of the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau, also died on April 22 in Coney Island, COVID-19.
Bey served in the United States Marine Corps and as an EMT responded to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. He died at the age of 60.
‘He was there during 9/11 when those buildings came down,’ Nehemia Chandler, a close friend, told the New York Times. ‘His ambulance was completely destroyed and many thought he and his companions might have died, but he survived and continued to help, putting his life at risk.
Idris Bee, a 27-year-old veteran of the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau, also died on April 22 in Coney Island, COVID-19. Bey served in the United States Marine Corps and as an EMT responded to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. He died at the age of 60.
Queens resident and Cypriot national, Peter Paniotou, succumbed to the virus on April 5, leaving behind his wife and five children. He was overseeing a renovation at his dinner near the WTC on 9/11
In order to ensure the safety of 9/11 survivors and first responders, the FDNY commissioner has asked them to avoid the events that commemorate this year.
His family said that Peter Panayiotou, a Queens resident and Cypriot national, was watching the renovation work a few blocks away from the World Trade Center at his Gee Whinz dinner.
Panayiotou survived the attack and escaped from downtown Manhattan toward Greenwich Street. But in 2009, he developed scleroderma in his lungs, which hardens muscle tissue.
He underwent a successful lung transplant in 2013, but then needed to get a strong immunotherapy suppressant here.
His family said they began to panic in March, when coronoviruses around the country began to break their path, knowing that the 65-year-old’s health put them at high risk.
“He was careful, in the beginning, when everything was going on,” his daughter Margaret told The City. ‘But he still had to be in the restaurant. It was not that we were quarantined yet. ‘
On March 23, Panayotu was diagnosed with coronovirus. Within days, he was unable to breathe.
He later succumbed to the virus on April 5, leaving behind his wife and five children.
‘He was there [at Gee Whiz] 24 hours, he was there more than at home. The customers who came to the Triveka community, their workers, was their family, ‘said her daughter. ‘He was a very caring person. He did not deserve it. ‘
To ensure the safety of 9/11 survivors and first responders, the FDNY commissioner has asked them to withdraw the incidents they missed this year.
Stacey Field reported that The City had a hard time attending events her husband always remembered.
‘He just didn’t want to know more about it. She didn’t want to, ‘she said. ‘A lot of documentaries and, you know, he never sat and watched like 9/11. Do you know people reading the name and everything? He could not deal with it. ‘