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Communication and Transparency in the Time of COVID-19

By Sam Cox and Evan Benjamin, MD, MS The COVID-19 pandemic has strained our medical systems, transforming the medical environment for both patients and staff. Medical errors are not uncommon in normal times, but the upended medical environment physicians now find themselves in has in several ways made adverse events even more difficult to avoid.… Continue reading Communication and Transparency in the Time of COVID-19

Abortion and COVID-19: Ensuring access in the wake of a pandemic

By Jocelyn Fifield, MPH, and Susan Haas, MD, MSc Abortion has long been among the most fragile pieces of women’s health care, and the current COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and in many cases widening existing barriers to care. As health care systems adapt, many have delayed or cancelled “non-essential services” to accommodate COVID-19 patients, preserve… Continue reading Abortion and COVID-19: Ensuring access in the wake of a pandemic

Crowdsourcing Against Coronavirus: The COVID Translate Project’s Mission to Spread Knowledge Worldwide

By Ruby Kwak In late March 2020, as COVID-19 infection rates climbed rapidly in the United States, Dr. KJ Seung of Partners in Health — a global health NGO based in Boston — reached out to his brother, Professor Sebastian Seung, a neuroscience and computer science professor, at Princeton University, with an unusual request for… Continue reading Crowdsourcing Against Coronavirus: The COVID Translate Project’s Mission to Spread Knowledge Worldwide

Centering the Vulnerable: A Plan for Providing Community Social Support During Social Distancing

By Leigh Graham, PhD For community members for whom social support is essential to their health and well-being, social distancing is not just isolating, but perilous to their mental health, to their community and family stability, to their survival. For people in recovery, pregnant and birthing people, older adults, people with disabilities, single parents, and… Continue reading Centering the Vulnerable: A Plan for Providing Community Social Support During Social Distancing

Living in Increments: Coping with Uncertainty in the Time of COVID-19

By Francine Maloney “I’m doing pretty well.” That’s not the response you expect to hear when our world is facing the largest medical crisis of our time. You might think the speaker is either lying or in serious denial. But surprisingly, some of us with serious and/or chronic illnesses have been answering with these words… Continue reading Living in Increments: Coping with Uncertainty in the Time of COVID-19

Tackling the COVID-19 Human Resource Emergency

INTRODUCTION The most valuable resource in combating COVID-19 are our healthcare providers. Human resource plans are urgently needed to support healthcare systems facing the expected surge in critically ill patients with the potential simultaneous shortfall of healthcare providers due to illness. Contingency plans require stewardship of both material and human resources during this healthcare emergency.… Continue reading Tackling the COVID-19 Human Resource Emergency

Bracing for the Surge

If we can expand our empathic repertoire to include those on another part of the COVID-19 journey, we may better navigate the coming days of physical distance and vulnerability, hope and horror, guilt and gratitude. By Nomi C. Levy-Carrick, MD, MPhil As we brace for what might be the most intensive weeks of the COVID-19… Continue reading Bracing for the Surge

A 20-something extrovert’s guide to social distancing

By Christian Goodwin It began as a thought experiment over dinner two weeks ago. Wouldn’t it be a chilling sci-fi story, if there was a pandemic that was deadly to older people, but ignored by young people because they thought they were immune? I shrugged it off as an apocalyptic-dread scenario. The next day I… Continue reading A 20-something extrovert’s guide to social distancing

Zero Visitation Policy: A Call for Empathy During Troubling Times 

Download as a PDF Pandemic precautions are now in place. Zero visitation policies at hospitals mean no one besides patients are allowed into the facility. Zero—no family members, no friends, no loved ones. It goes against our humanity and everything we, as health care providers, have done in the past, but it is a necessity,… Continue reading Zero Visitation Policy: A Call for Empathy During Troubling Times