Dozens of emergency first-responders and others who were stricken with underlying illnesses linked to their work around Ground Zero have suffered immensely from COVID-19, reports The Wall Street Journal.
More than 1,400 Sept. 11 responders have tested positive for the coronavirus and 44 have died, according to recent data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which tracks the long-term health of the more than 86,000 first responders. Nearly 200 have been hospitalized.
Roughly 400,000 New Yorkers were exposed to caustic dust and toxic pollutants in the 9/11 dust-and-debris cloud after the iconic twin towers of downtown Manhattan’s World Trade Center fell in 2001.
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