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So Much Going On, On Every Level

So Much Going On, On Every Level

So much is going on, and I could write a whole post about each of these personal themes: Our remote elementary school experience has started. My remote med school teaching experience has started. A football season like no other has started. Sign thiefs are stealing […]

Coronavirus: Here We Go Again

Coronavirus: Here We Go Again

Here we are six months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts had collectively accomplished the immense work of masterfully managing a deadly surge and bringing cases down to inconsequential. When the virus started surging down South, it was easy to say, “Oh well, they just haven’t […]

OpEds and Advocacy

OpEds and Advocacy

I am proud to have had the opportunity to collaborate on this OpEd titled “We Are Worried That Hospital COVID-19 Data No Longer Goes To The Apolitical CDC” published in USA Today yesterday morning! 18 doctors and one nurse practitioner from my hospital literally co-wrote […]

Are We Going Back To School?

Are We Going Back To School?

Online school was tough for us. I’m not going to lie. When the schools closed in March, I lost any semblance of work/life balance, and our household was not a happy place. We spent the first few weeks ignoring the online school effort and doing […]

America, A Mask Is One Thing To Keep You Safe…

America, A Mask Is One Thing To Keep You Safe…

Yes, it’s a Sunday evening post, because I started writing this three days ago and the data is all time-sensitive and I already had to update all the graphs several times so darnit this post is going up tonight! No matter what data source you […]

Everything Going On Right Now

Everything Going On Right Now

I’ve seen some Tweets poking fun at people who refer to the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, the protests against police brutality, the inexcusable lack of U.S. leadership, and, well, everything as just “everything going on right now”. It’s even got a hashtag. It’s its […]

We Can’t Ignore this Data

We Can’t Ignore this Data

I very much support the nationwide protests against racism, because racism is very much a public health problem. Michelle Williams, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, explains: “That reality is apparent not just in the police brutality that disproportionately claims the lives of […]

Coronavirus: Getting Back to Normal Means Living a New Normal

Coronavirus: Getting Back to Normal Means Living a New Normal

Here in Massachusetts, the numbers are sloooowly improving. Per the MA Department of Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, here is where we are as of Sunday May 17: Here at my hospital, our COVID-19 admissions have come down to a reasonable simmer, with 246 inpatients, 75 […]

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 […]

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 […]