Note: This thread is related to #Coronavirus #COVID19

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Colleen Farrell, MD+ Your Authors @colleenmfarrell Internal medicine resident in New York City. Soon-to-be pulmonary and critical care fellow. Writer. Creator of @MedHumChat. Views mine. Mar. 12, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

The #COVID19 numbers in NYC might not look that bad right now, but that is only because we do not have enough tests and are rationing for the most concerning cases.

What can we do? Here’s my plan:

1) social distancing. I’m not using my opera tickets for this weekend

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I’m not going to residency happy hour. I’m not going out to eat.

2) spreading the word to friends and family. It’s uncomfortable telling loved ones “you really shouldn’t do that” but it’s necessary to #FlattenTheCurve

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Last week, telling my sister to cancel her trip from LA to Seattle seemed perhaps overly cautious. Now, it’s obvious. Advising a friend to reconsider her trip to visit me felt rude and disappointing, but it’s my responsibility.

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3) Converting clinic visits to televisits. My program has advised us to call our patients, especially older and/or with chronic diseases and check in by phone rather than have them come in. This is a work in progress, but I think it’s a smart move.

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My mom was planning to take her 90yo mother for a Med refill appt today. My grandma won’t survive #covid if she gets it. She needs to stay home. I advised my mom to call the office and ask for a phone visit instead.

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4) staying informed. How to balance what we need to know with the media onslaught? I’m reading NYTimes daily and on Twitter only paying attention to experts and front line reports (recognizing that can be hard to sort out). Also looking to NEJM for clinical information

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5) Managing my anxiety while not dismissing the appropriate alarm. I will be frank—this scares me. I’m trying to take deep breaths, get rest, and find joy in little things. I’m not dismissing my anxiety, but learning to accept it as a normal response.

That’s my plan for now.

We’re in this together. If you’re lucky to be low risk (young and healthy) remember you have the opportunity to protect the vulnerable whose lives matter just as much by practicing social distancing. #COVID19 #FlattenTheCurve 8/8


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