To be clear, 99% of health care workers did not sign up for disaster medicine. When entering the profession, most did not envision their days were going to be filled with fear, questioning their own mortality. Most did not envision days with bruises on their face from prolonged mask use…


When the world went dark from COVID-19, who did the heroes turn to? The artist.

Amid the pandemic, when the world quieted to the sounds of our own breathing, when the stillness of our isolation felt dark, who did the healthcare workers on the frontlines battling COVID-19 turn to, earnestly and urgently, for comfort and meaning? The artists.

The skin on my face was weathered…


The abysmal attempt at mass vaccination against COVID-19 in the United States is uninspiring — a prophecy seemingly set in stone by the failures of the testing debacles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday, January 11th, that of 25.5 million doses distributed, only 8.9 million had…


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. …


Death was not taught in medical school — just the methods to keep people living. There were no chapters to memorize, no questions on the examinations, and no evidence-based algorithm to follow. …


My face shield whistled with noise as it brushed against my thin yellow gown. Bright monitors surrounded me, chirping like cardinals in the summer. A slow exhale felt comfortably warm against my N-95 mask. Treading down the river of COVID-19 patients as a second-year infectious disease fellow, I knew this…


With more than five million infected by COVID-19 in the US, the pandemic has illuminated the cracks in American healthcare and public health. As the virus continues to sweep the nation, shortages rage on. The public learned a hard lesson in basic economics — the concept of scarcity of resources…


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Are we just vital statistics, waiting to be calculated? COVID-19 has infected and killed more than 56,000 Americans. We must remember that every single one of these deaths is a loved one — a son or daughter, a father or mother, a husband or wife, a friend, a colleague. And…


The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is currently “no evidence” showing that people who have recovered from the coronavirus are not at risk of becoming infected again.

“Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis…

Jesse O'Shea MD, MSc

Physician writer.

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