Next week, half of our country may be filled with disappointment. Many are already running on fumes from the pandemic, especially healthcare workers. This is a thank you to all artists for helping us survive.

The skin on my face was weathered and raw from my tightly fit N-95 mask and goggles. As an infectious disease physician, I spent my day treating hospitalized veterans with COVID-19 — some sicker than others. In my cold garage, I removed my hospital clothes and bolted across my home…

From the dimly lit hospital ward window, I watched as the sun fell asleep, shielded behind the endless rolling hills of Rwanda. The trees held strong; black soldiers, standing in resilient rows. …

Jesse O'Shea MD, MSc

Physician writer.

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