This photo is composed of the countless doctors who died from COVID-19 worldwide.
Zoom in. Look at the individual photos. Look at each face, who had a name, a family, and 12+ years of training, to perform the job that ultimately killed them.
I’ll admit it for the first time publicly. I am scared. I get up and go to work each morning to care for patients fighting a myriad of life-threatening illnesses: from metastatic cancer to disseminated bacterial infections to exsanguinous bleeds… to COVID-19 infections. I have never felt as helpless as I do when treating COVID-19 patients. Helpless in helping them and helpless in keeping myself and the staff safe. But we forge ahead, all of us. We show up, physically, mentally and emotionally for you.
I, and thousands of other physicians, nurses, nurse aids, phlebotomists, Xray techs, physical therapists, laboratory workers and so many more, have spent our lives training to help others. It’s time for you to do the same. Help others.
There is a way. There is a BETTER way.
Do you want to contribute? Do your part. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Distance. That is the only way.
Thanks for listening.
Love, Dr. Yang