“More than 90 percent of the chest x-rays I read this morning were +COVID. I even ended up making a template on my dictation system because of how common these x-rays are becoming. Patients of all ages are presenting with shortness of breath and cough, their lungs showing bilateral pneumonia which progressively worsens. Many of these patients end up intubated and on a ventilator. Some of these patients never get better and succumb to the disease.
This is REAL. This is HAPPENING. And yet, every evening when I drive home from work, I see folks out and about - large groups of people walking together, basketball courts full, kids in parks. I'm sorry, but are people still not getting it? Do people not care? I log onto social media and I see people hanging out with their friends, traveling across state lines, hosting family gatherings and events. Why? Do you want to get exposed to the coronavirus? Do you want to then expose your loved ones to it? Do you have that little regard for yourself, your family, your community members, that you're acting like nothing is happening?
While reading out my chest x-rays this morning, my attending messaged me on our work chat program (yes, even in the reading room/hospital, we're practicing social distancing as best as possible). He said, ‘Everyone has COVID. Assume everyone around you now has it.’ And they very well just might have it, an asymptomatic carrier walking among us.
Be safe, all. Stay away from people who do not live with you. Stay home. Please. And call your friends and family out for not staying home.” Aisha, radiology resident | #happydoctors 😀