I saw a report that dermatologists are working on coronavirus cases.

Does this mean that all kinds of medical doctors are licensed to care for COVID-19 patients?

So a neurologist can help, cardiologist can help, a urologist / penile enhancement surgeon can help, and also gynecologists?

What about dentists?

Anyone practicing medicine of any form can go to New York City to help right now?

To be clear, I mean treating COVID-19 patients at the hospitals, in the ER, ICU, etc.

Note. An emergency text message was sent to us, urging any and all available doctors to report to New York City, because of the urgent need for doctors. So, it sounds like even a dermatologist might be working in the ICU at this point. Hence my question.

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    Why do you think a license is needed to treat covid-19? Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 0:09
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    @America thanks for the edits, I'm looking forward to reading an answer ...
    – user19194
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 0:58
  • Who is"us" in the text message? The whole city? State? Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 1:30
  • @GrahamChiu I'm pretty sure the entire United States got this text message ...
    – user19194
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 1:32
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    @user19194 I'm in the US and I didn't receive it, nor did anyone else I know in the US. Who sent it? It's beginning to smell like you might have received a scam.
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 5:26

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Governor Cuomo is calling on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine and PPE products providers and manufacturers to come forward to support the state’s response.


We are looking for qualified health, mental health, and related professionals who are interested in supporting the state’s response

All of the specialities you list in your question are health care professionals and have completed basic training in hospitals. The NY govt will triage those to see which qualifications are best suited to what positions are available.

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    Yes, NY is asking for medical professionals to volunteer. That's widely known. But I'm suspicious of the text OP reports.
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 5:29
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    I'm skeptical too. No one I know living in the USA received any message. Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 6:33
  • @GrahamChiu see my comment to Carey, above ^ thanks
    – user19194
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 21:16
  • Di you live in NY? Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 21:20
  • @GrahamChiu Yes, near hundreds of doctors and members of the army (the National Guard). Many of them are from states such as Missouri, Maryland, South Carolina etc., and they're living in nearby hotels.
    – user19194
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 21:32

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