COVID-19 stories from the front lines: The grueling pace of public health in a pandemic

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: The grueling pace of public health in a pandemic

COVID-19 first arrived on U.S. shores in January 2020 with the return of a Snohomish County, Washington, man who had traveled to Wuhan, China, and unwittingly brought back the deadly souvenir. Within weeks, the Seattle region had become the epicenter of the first COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and Jeffery Duchin, MD, FIDSA, had the…

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: Shining a light on health equity and mental health

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: Shining a light on health equity and mental health

In April 2020, Virginia Banks, MD, MBA, FIDSA, was giving a talk on COVID-19 to the National Association of Black Journalists chapter in Cleveland, Ohio, when a question stopped her in her tracks: “Are you aware of the disparities in COVID-19 cases among African American and Latino populations?” they asked.   An infectious diseases specialist in Youngstown, Ohio,…

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: Lessons learned from HIV and a diagnosis of COVID-19

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: Lessons learned from HIV and a diagnosis of COVID-19

The first role infectious diseases specialist Michael Saag, MD, FIDSA, played in the COVID-19 pandemic was that of a patient.   He had just arrived home in Alabama after a 20-hour car ride from New York City with his son, Harry, on March 12, 2020, when Harry spiked a fever. Within days, Dr. Saag also developed symptoms, and he and Harry both tested positive…