Mangala Narasimhan, an intensive-care-unit doctor, started feeling impatient soon after the start of a meeting she attended at Long Island Jewish Medical Center on May 13. She wanted to get back to the unit, but instead she was sitting in a conference room with about a dozen colleagues. By then, the surge of Covid-19 cases, the waves of suffering that had crashed down on her hospital for months, was beginning, miraculously, to recede. The throngs of out-of-town health care workers who had come to New York City to help were also diminishing, heading home to regions whose own times would come. Narasimhan and her team now had fewer hands to oversee new patients coming in and the long-suffering ones on ventilators who were still in need of meticulous care. To read the full story.