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Pandemic Reflections

After we settle into a new normal, we shouldn’t forget the lessons of the past year

As I look back on the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, I can’t help but wonder why many of us weren’t more unsettled at the start of it all.

In early January 2020, my editor messaged me about the reports of a mysterious pneumonia-like illness out of Wuhan, China. As…

Pandemic Reflections

During the pandemic, I discovered the life-affirming magic of learning mixed martial arts with your family

Shortly after sunrise every Thursday and Sunday morning, I log on to Zoom and learn mixed martial arts for an hour with my retired parents, aunts, and uncles. Tuesdays and Saturdays are slightly softer: We practice hip-hop, jazz, and Latin dance.

We are not a particularly fitness-minded family, and we…

Pandemic Reflections

How the pandemic made time a treasure of the privileged while it was stolen from everyone else

The day we began sheltering in place, a year ago on March 13, we celebrated a family birthday. It was the first of five we would share in the coming year, in the same place, in what felt like the same eternal moment, because we’d lost all sense of time…

Pandemic Reflections

The pandemic got me stuck in emergency mode. Here’s how an actual emergency-room visit snapped me out of it.

If you’re not a working parent, let me share a Cliff’s Notes version of what it feels like (to me, anyway) in normal times: You figure out your life down to the minute. You find the best and most convenient childcare you can afford. You arrange your commute around this…

Pandemic Reflections

One weary year of trying to keep everyone healthy and safe

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, I headed into Medium’s NYC office and presented a deck called “Pandemics n’ Packages,” about Elemental’s coverage plans for this novel coronavirus. It was my husband’s birthday, so that night we went out to dinner with my 83-year-old father-in-law. Some of my FIL’s friends happened…

Pandemic Reflections

I’m an ER doctor treating Covid-19 in New York City. This is what I wish I knew a year ago.

In New York City, the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on March 1, 2020. Today, on the one year anniversary, I wrote myself a letter. This is what I wish I could have told myself at the start of the pandemic.

Get ready. Sleep more. Spend extra time with…

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