The handsome “Bachelorette” Season 16 contestant — who didn’t win Tayshia’s final rose but remained her friend — works as an anesthesiologist in the trauma center of a hospital in New York City.
During his “Click Bait” interview, Dr. Joe detailed a typical day on the job. “On a normal day, I wake up at 5:45 a.m., I’m in the hospital around 6:45, and I leave around any time between 4 and 7 p.m.,” he said. “And there are some days where I’m on call, so I’m just there all night and leave the next morning. It’s a little hectic for sure, but worth it.”
Dr. Joe also explained what it was like being a frontline worker during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020.
“It hit so hard [in New York City] and it was so tragic for so many people,” he recalled. “The height of that pandemic was actually in April. There were about 6,000 cases. But really, there were more. We didn’t really have the testing capabilities to really capture everyone who was being affected.”
However, Dr. Joe said that when coronavirus cases declined last summer, it afforded him a chance to take time off to appear on “The Bachelorette.”
“Thankfully, it actually declined pretty quickly. And by the time I was asked and by the time I had left, the cases had gone down to about 300 to 400 cases a day,” he continued. “And it was this weird nether zone where there wasn’t enough surgical volume.”
Dr. Joe elaborated, “People were obviously still uncomfortable having elective surgeries. But the hospital’s open, so everyone is still going to work. The days were actually pretty light. When I told my bosses, ‘Hey, I have an opportunity to use all my vacation days during this time where you don’t really need me,’ they were like, ‘Go for it.’ They were really supportive and I’m super grateful for that.”
Now that he’s back to work, Dr. Joe said that he sees hope on the horizon as vaccinations progress and COVID-19 numbers decrease.
“You couldn’t imagine the atmosphere, the fear that was permeating — especially because it hit here [in New York City] so hard, and it hit here first. When people were getting it, there was so much we didn’t know. We didn’t know how to treat it. It was just tragic,” he said. “Now, compared to then, it’s night and day. Things are pretty much, for the most part, back to normal with respect to hospital life in New York City. I’m grateful for that.”
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