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March 2020 was a roller-coaster month for Giota Lourida, MD, PhD, an infectious diseases senior consultant at Sotiria Chest Diseases Hospital of Athens, Greece. Lourida, who treated the first two first cases of coronavirus in Athens, says that when Sotiria became one of the three Athens hospitals dedicated to treating Covid-19 on March 20, the heavy inflows of people with severe breathing problems into the hospital brought with them fear and anxiety for the hospital staff: “The hospital reached full capacity in two weeks,” Lourida recalls. Soon, they were intubating one to two people per day, when pre-pandemic they would…

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