Month: March 2020

Coronavirus: Waiting for the Wave

Coronavirus: Waiting for the Wave

In the space of just a few weeks, multiple private COVID-19 subgroups have formed on Facebook, including a massive healthcare worker group with 250,000 members, a doctor-mom-only group with 30,000 members, a physician group of 20,000 members, and more. Colleagues from all over the world […]

Coronavirus: Can homemade face masks prevent spread?

Coronavirus: Can homemade face masks prevent spread?

Hospitals are running low on personal protective equipment (PPE). Several have asked the public for donations, and even called for skilled individuals to sew handmade face masks. Some hospitals are specifying that these handmade masks are for patients, so they can save “official” PPE for […]

Coronavirus: What’s going well and what’s worrisome as things get busier

Coronavirus: What’s going well and what’s worrisome as things get busier

What I’m seeing is what everyone is seeing: All of the greater Boston hospitals report more and more patients with coronavirus are admitted or in the emergency room. At our hospital, the number quadrupled overnight to fifty-three. Despite the sharp increase in numbers, things are […]

Coronavirus: Where do we go from here?

Coronavirus: Where do we go from here?

Today in my work email there was a priority message from the Massachusetts Department of Health: “As of March 13, Massachusetts has begun to see some initial evidence of community spread of COVID-19 and the Department of Public Health (DPH) has made recommendations consistent with […]

Coronavirus: Real Time

Coronavirus: Real Time

Coronavirus is an unprecedented organism, and we’re learning about it in real time. We hope that we learn, anyway, from the lived experience of other communities around the world. I’m thankful to work at an incredible teaching hospital*, where experts have come together as high-functioning […]

Personal and Family Crises

Personal and Family Crises

Yes, it’s been a month since my last post, and I owe you all an explanation. So here’s what’s been happening: In mid-February, my dad fell down his stairs and hit his head. He hit hard, but seemed okay, at first. It was four days […]