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The COVID-19 diaries part four: “Our new normal”

This is the final installment of Dr. Asha Shajahan’s essay series on being a healthcare worker during a pandemic. Read the first, second and third installments. Day Nine: Gratitude Social distancing was getting to me and I was craving to go out to dinner with friends to my favorite Italian restaurant for some quality carbonara. I

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The COVID-19 diaries part three: “Side effects”

This is the third installment of Dr. Asha Shajahan’s essay series on being a healthcare worker during a pandemic. Read the first and second.  Day Seven: My Off Day When the pandemic started, before I was pulled to work the COVID-19 inpatient unit, I spent three days a week volunteering at a homeless shelter. I

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The COVID-19 diaries part two: “Don’t let the mask fool you”

This is the second installment of Dr. Asha Shajahan’s essay series on being a healthcare worker during a pandemic. Read the first part here. Day 4: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 The Emergency Command Center of the hospital had good news; the patient census was going down. The number of discharges and successful weans off the

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The COVID-19 diaries part one: “Fatigued and sad”

This is the first installment of Dr. Asha Shajahan’s essay series on being a healthcare worker during a pandemic. Day One: Superheroes I left home nervously for my first COVID-19 unit shift. I had seen COVID-19 patients in my outpatient office and also seen homeless patients on the streets, but this was different. These patients

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What you need to know about coronavirus

Walking down the aisle of my local grocery store, I noticed that they were out of paper towels, masks, and antibacterial wipes. Just like with H1N1, SARS and MERS, the panic has started. Is there really a reason to be frightened here in the U.S.  or is this all hype? Here’s the real talk. Coronavirus

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What are the risks of vaping?

It looks like a flash drive and can be charged in a USB port, but it’s not a data storage device.  Instead, it delivers high levels of nicotine, making the product extremely addictive. Vaping rates have surged among teens. In 2018, a national tobacco youth survey found that over 3.6 million middle school and high

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Her beautiful big brown eyes: a daughter’s journey with dementia

I walked outside the neurologist’s office of the renowned institution where I had just been told of the devastating diagnosis for my mother. After explaining her condition to me in a low-lit, sterile examining room, the eyes of his training residents on me, he said, “You can give her the diagnosis in a way she

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