The Atlantic: Headlines Don’t Capture the Horror We Saw

The Atlantic: Headlines Don’t Capture the Horror We Saw. “I was an anesthesiology resident in a large academic medical center at the peak of the pandemic in New York City this spring. During a time when journalists had little access to what was happening inside New York hospitals, I wrote regular email updates to friends and family. These messages—edited for length and clarity below—showcase the frightening reality of what care looks like in an overwhelmed hospital. (Where I describe individual cases in significant detail, I’ve obtained the consent of the patient or family in question.) The emails relate the experiences of health-care workers, and young doctors in particular: the anxiety, the fear, the overwhelming responsibility, and the ethical burden of hard decisions. Even after the pandemic is over, the weight of these experiences will remain with us for a lifetime.”

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