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Michael Simms: On my recent experience with Covid (maybe)

Yesterday afternoon when I got home from the hospital and booted my computer, I was overwhelmed by the thousands of people who sent me messages of love and encouragement after my recent health scare.

May 10, 2020 · 56 Comments

Michelle Tarbox, M.D: I do not want to be a hero

I have fought for my patients,
but my patience wears thin.

May 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Kathryn McKinley: How the rich reacted to the bubonic plague has eerie similarities to today’s pandemic

The coronavirus can infect anyone, but recent reporting has shown your socioeconomic status can play a big role, with a combination of job security, access to health care and mobility … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Benjamin Neuman: What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly

As with SARS, most of the damage in COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, is caused by the immune system carrying out a scorched earth defense to stop the virus from spreading.

April 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Nicholas Johnson: A Seattle doctor on the frontlines

My first question every time I see a new patient now is: ‘Could this be COVID-19?’

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: March 22, 2020

As it is, we’re quarantined in cages,
rooms, apartments, city houses, ranches
in the suburbs, the further out you go
the more chance to forget, to forgo
every caution you’ve ever not taken.

March 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

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