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COVID-19: Voices From the Community

Recognizing the importance of staying connected with the community, our CHEST frontline clinicians share their experiences and plans for the future as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 and the Impact on Junior Medical Students

By: Sarah Tapyrik, MD, FCCP
Published: October 26, 2020

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical students were thrown into a world of uncertainty, with delayed exams and rescheduled rotations. But these unique challenges could add to their resilience and problem-solving abilities moving forward.

Breathing Easier During COVID-19: Hyperbaric Hoods in the ICU

By: Michael Harrison, MD, PhD, MPH; Devang Sanghavi, MD, MHA, FCCP; Klaus Torp, MD; Jorge Mallea, MD; and Pablo Moreno Franco, MD, FCCP
Published: October 1, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic surged, clinicians faced challenges in providing respiratory support for critically ill patients. One team came up with an innovative, yet inexpensive and easy solution that helped prevent the need for intubation purely for hypoxia.

COVID-19 and a Mother's Love: The Healing Power of Family

By: Matthew C. Miles, MD, MEd, FCCP
Published: September 21, 2020

A young patient with COVID-19 was not improving after weeks of treatment—so the hospital took extraordinary efforts to allow his mother to safely visit. The experience showed one physician the healing power of a family’s love.

Lessons Learned: How the Cystic Fibrosis Community Has Navigated COVID-19

By: Holly Keyt, MD, FCCP
Published: September 18, 2020

As COVID-19 has spread across the world, there has been concern that people with cystic fibrosis may have more severe infections due to the novel virus, similar to 2009 with the H1N1 influenza pandemic.


Critical: Coronavirus in Intensive Care

A new documentary features the experiences of ICU staff on the COVID-19 front lines at Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Wales. The area was one of the United Kingdom’s coronavirus hotspots, with more cases per capita than anywhere outside London. Filmed by CHEST member Tamas Szakmany, MD, PhD, and his colleagues on mobile phones and small cameras, the film provides first-person perspectives on the challenges and successes faced during the first month of the coronavirus crisis.

Gretchen R. Winter, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

"Check in with your friends. Check in with your co-workers, and check in with anyone around you—because we all need help right now."

Salman Ali, MBBS

Liaquat National Hospital
Karachi, Pakistan

"As the lockdown and restrictions eased up, the influx of patients has increased significantly."

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