I first actually got interested in medicine when I was about seven years old.
I had typhoid fever which is really unusual.
I was very sick and I was in the hospital for eighteen days.
After that I felt pulled towards medicine.You know there is something about the chance to take care of people
when theyre at their most vulnerable that really spoke to me, that sort of always stuck.
I dont think that anyone thought in our lifetimes we would see anything like coronavirus.
Life on the COVID wards is both rewarding and tense.
There is an understanding of what this disease is and what it can do.
And so, you know the way that we pay attention to
donning and doffing the personal protective equipment,the way that we are attentive to how frequently nurses, therapists,
people who do tests, physicians, go into the rooms,we are very thoughtful about those features.
People who are sick and very uncomfortable have the chance to get better.
And people do get better.I think that thats an important thing to remember about coronavirus is that
it is a disease that lots of people can recover from.And I think the chance to be a part of that I think is really rewarding.
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Everyones life has changed as a result of coronavirus
and our lives as physicians is no different in that way.And so, switching from an in-office based practice to a virtual practice,
we were able to do that part relatively quickly.
And now I worry that my heart patients are scared to seek care
because they are worried about getting coronavirus in the hospital.
And I worry about the patients with coronavirus
that they are going to have some devastating complication.
And so, you worry in both directions which I think is a new feeling for all of us.
I think like everybody, my family has ups and downs with the crisis.
We have a lot of home activities that we plan as a family
to sort of remind each other that this is a moment to pause and enjoy each other.
My wife is the champion of that.
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Many of us worry about being a vector for our families.I think that that is something thats on all of our minds.
Everyone is a little bit more anxious than they were three months ago
and a little bit more stressed.My wife and kids, if something happened to them, it would be devastating.
My greatest fear is that I am going to give it to my parents.
They are, you know, in that higher risk category.
And we’re cognizant of the risks of being a healthcare worker.
Medical knowledge has undertaken this grand revolution
in the last two months because of the pandemic.I think that a wider swath of medical professionals have learned
how to quickly interpret data and understand what is good data and bad data
in a way that we have never been able to do before.
It helped us move faster through the science of coronavirus.
I think that we are better prepared now than we were two months ago.
We will be better prepared in a month than we are now
because I think that the way that
we are interpreting and understanding knowledge
has fundamentally changed in really, really positive ways, in really positive ways.