May 4 2020: Robert Hicks, former Director of the Mütter Museum, explains why it can be hard for individuals to accept a pandemic and the regulations that come with it (Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer)

First off, foresight is not a particular skill for most of us, experts say. And “live free or die” is more than a slogan; it’s an apt description for the mindset of many Americans. Finally, it is hard to assess the threat of an enemy you can’t see, like the coronavirus.

 

20 April 2020: College Fellow and Board Chair, Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP, is quoted in this NBC 10 piece discussing the realities of finding reliable antibody testing. (Source: NBC 10)

A new tool in the hunt for the coronavirus is being unveiled by medical systems across the country, and it’s called antibody testing. Testing that will determine on a bigger scale the scope of infections is ramping up now, though it likely won’t be reliable for a few weeks.

16 April 2020: College Fellow, Trustee, and Chair of the Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine Priya Mammen, MD, MPH, writes about her experiences as an emergency room doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer)

The frontlines right now are defined by contradictions: unrelenting responsibility, yet also merciful permission to leave social isolation.