Everything doctors must know before COVID-19’s next wave
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It seems the next wave of COVID-19 is crashing upon us. Reasons for the spike might include the return to school, cooler weather, and fatigue/frustration with mask-wearing and social distancing. What’s a DOCTOR to do?

Here's how doctors can prepare, based on what we learned in the spring and summer.

1. At WORK

The early days of the pandemic had many hospitals in hard-hit areas on their heels. Healthcare providers lacked PPE, patients shared ventilators, and many physicians were asked to work outside of their speciality.


We can all remember a time when an N95 respirator was worth more than a case of Costco two-ply. Now is a great time to stock up on both, if you can. The shortage seems to be hitting smaller facilities, such as nursing homes and health clinics, harder than hospitals. Or, if you have enough to go around, consider donating.

~ Surge staffing

Early in the pandemic, the New York Times reported that physicians worked outside of their specialities to meet the surge of COVID-19 cases. It’s possible that the same thing might happen again. Physicians should prepare themselves to answer the call.

2. At HOME

Work-life balance is more essential than ever. In fact, inadequate recovery may be a driver of a shadow pandemic. Here’s how you can ensure your home life is restorative.

~ Mental health

A meta analysis of PTSD and the psychological burden of previous SARS outbreaks among healthcare workers shows that timing is everything. Telehealth has expanded access to talk therapy throughout the pandemic. Doctors may want to start seeing counselors now, as a preventative measure. Do whatever you can now to lessen your mental burdens later.

~ Emergency fund

Some physicians faced furloughs when the pandemic shut down elective procedures. Others faced layoffs, or other unforeseen financial hardships. An emergency fund covers basic needs if you find yourself between jobs, or facing some other emergent crisis. If you’re in the process of building an emergency fund, stay the course as long as you can. Something is better than nothing. Your savings goal should be 3-6 months of expenses.

Source: https://www.mdlinx.com/article/everything-doctors-must-know-before-covid-19-s-next-wave/bhDio4iIKYVMmapkHm07A
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