May 19, 2020
(An opinion piece written by Dr. William Jaquis, President, ACEP)
Emergency physicians across the country are seeing patients struggle to breathe. We are diagnosing otherwise-healthy people with an illness that may end their lives. Many of our elderly patients are forced to lay alone in their final moments. We still do not have enough personal protective equipment (PPE), and many are falling ill as they care for others. We continue to struggle with the physical and emotional stress of fighting the war against COVID-19 daily. I have not seen my children for months.
We desperately want life to return to normal, too. Emergency physicians understand the severity of this virus and recognize the value of swift action, but rushing back into our routines will reverse the progress we have made together over the past two months.
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