National Post: ‘It’s frightening’: Across Canada, frontline doctors are bracing for the COVID-19 onslaught
March 30, 2020
“Dr. David Carr practices emergency medicine in Toronto
As physicians, our job in society is to remain calm and manage expectations and we’re stretched at this point. I’m doing everything I can to keep being that pillar of support for my community. But when a neighbour walks up and says, ‘how are you doing?’ I don’t even know how to answer. Because it’s fake to say ‘well’ or ‘great.’ It’s not great. It will be great when this is over. It will be great when we can reflect on lessons learned and be prepared for the next wave. But right now a lot of nurses and physicians are scared.
I love my job. I’m the most passionate emergency physician you’ll meet. Do I love being an emergency doctor right now? No. It’s frightening. I’m not embarrassed to say that. We’ve all seen patients with meningitis, tuberculosis, necrotizing fasciitis, diseases that are highly infectious. And none of us had ever been scared. This is a new kind of wave.”