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Is It Pollen, Or Is It COVID?

Is It Pollen, Or Is It COVID?

It’s a gorgeous spring day in May. Trees are flowering, flowers are flowering, and I can’t go a day without antihistamines. I suffer from springtime pollen allergies and asthma, common things that can cause congestion and a cough. This has been anxiety-provoking for me at […]

A Day in Clinic During a Pandemic

A Day in Clinic During a Pandemic

So, here I am in the office, which all but closed in mid-March. While we do have a skeleton crew on site seeing non-COVID-19 urgent care (like abrasions and UTI’s and joint pain), most our ongoing outpatient work is via telehealth. I’m going to talk […]

On the COVID Wards

On the COVID Wards

I was “activated” to duty on the inpatient COVID surge teams last week. I was worried, not only because it’s been a decade since I’ve been in charge of an inpatient service, but more so because SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus, and COVID19* is a […]

Coronavirus: Call to Duty

Coronavirus: Call to Duty

I got the email from my boss on Tuesday: “You are receiving this message because you have been scheduled to staff an inpatient COVID-19 surge team…” What followed was a really long, dense list of critically important logistical/ workflow/ orientation information, replete with links to […]

Coronavirus: Making Primary Care Cool Again

Coronavirus: Making Primary Care Cool Again

You guys may not know this, but up until this pandemic, primary care has been the runt of the medical litter. Like, if the different branches of medicine were a high school sitcom, outpatient internal medicine would be the dorky intellectual kid who everyone knows […]

Coronavirus: Run (Anxiety) Away

Coronavirus: Run (Anxiety) Away

I can’t imagine there’s anyone who doesn’t feel extra- anxious right now. If you’re feeling chill and happy and relaxed, then by all means, skip this post. For everyone else experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s pretty normal to feel stressed. But these natural negative emotions […]

A Coronavirus Clinic Day

A Coronavirus Clinic Day

This is a play-by-play of my day at work, during the pandemic. My alarm goes off at 5 a.m. I always get up extra-early for work, mostly because the T is variably reliable, and running late for clinic gives me palpitations. Better to avoid being […]

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 […]