I’m A Mom, A Daughter And A Doctor – Here’s How My Family Is Preparing For The Days Ahead

| March 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

By Erin Delaney

As a family medicine physician, I can tell you that we are in a uniquely uncertain time. The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is a new virus that we have never seen before. This means that our bodies do not have immune systems used to fighting off this particular virus. We do not yet know exactly how the virus behaves. We also do not have a vaccine, and it may take more than a year to develop one.

What we know… We are learning that many patients experience mild flu-like symptoms. That is reassuring for the vast majority of us. But we also know that people over 60 and patients with other health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or pregnancy, may have a harder time fighting off this virus. They often need extended stays in intensive care, requiring ventilators to help them breathe, and there are only so many beds and ventilators available.

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