An Emergency Physician Who Became Infected With COVID-19 at Work
We begin with an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Dara Kass, who became infected with the COVID-19 virus working with patients at Columbia University Center in New York City where she is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. Now in quarantine at home before returning to work soon, she is the founder of FeminEM, an organization that provides professional development, resources, and support for women who have been called for a life in emergency medicine. She joins us to discuss how vulnerable those on the front line of this pandemic are as the Trump administration throws out promises and statistics about unseen vital medical supplies every day at the White House briefings which have devolved into an opportunity for the shut-in president to conduct the political rallies the virus is denying him. We get an update on what is needed by medical professionals and how much this urgent need is not being met. And now that President Trump is signaling he will ease restrictive measures of social distancing and lockdowns in a couple of weeks to boost the economy, we assess what the implications will be for a pandemic that is just getting started and will exponentially grow in lethality as the virus spreads across the country. Unfortunately, Trump is unrestrained in issuing reckless and unfounded medical advice which has already killed a man in Arizona, while he lies about where the pandemic is heading and what will happen if he eases the belated and inadequate measures now in place to try to stop the spread of the virus.