For that reason, I have been doing quite a bit of reading about SARS-CoV2 virus and the COVID-19 syndrome it causes. The research was initially to prepare myself to care for patients and part for my own interest. But then, the calls and texts started. I was getting them from friends, family, neighbors, and some people were even strangers to me (friends of friends). I was having debates with other doctors. I was talking with a friend who’s at the command center at Johns Hopkins.
So, I thought I’d put my experience out there for others to read. I figured many are stuck at home and wondering “what’s going on out there”? You may be tired of the sensationalist nature and over dramatization of the news media. You may want a real life story. What follows, is my experience as a physician, as a person, and a doctor going through this pandemic. Along the way, I’ll try to give my perspective and help educate you about what’s going on.
I am not claiming expertise on the pandemic, only on my experience. There have been several hundred research studies on this virus published in the past several weeks which document every aspect of its biology, epidemiology, spread, and clinical course. The physicians and epidemiologists that work at the CDC are the most up to date and knowledgeable people in the world on this topic. I trained in Atlanta and was taught by many CDC physicians and know the great breadth and depth of their knowledge. You should have great faith in their recommendations. If you read something that contradicts their or the federal or local governmental recommendations, it is because the recommendations changed between my writing and your reading the post.
They will give you the best advice to keep you healthy, but I wanted to give you my personal first hand experience. At the very least you’ll have something to read while stuck at home when you’re sick of listening to the news.
If you have any specific questions for me or if there is something you’d like for me to explain you can post them in the comments and I’ll try to answer them in later posts. You should always get your information first from these trusted sites: