What We’re Reading: 03/27/20


Continuing to lead with news around COVID-19. Here are a few highlights from the week that we recommend you check out and follow—

Daily COVID-19 Updates from Dr. Craig Smith, Chair of the Department of Surgery

This one is from us—Every evening we share Dr. Smith’s daily COVID-19 memos with the public. Look no further to stay up to date on the coronavirus crisis in NYC.

Stop Yelling Out the Window. Just Give Doctors the Masks You’re Hoarding. 

“Doctors don’t need any shouting from the windows. We need what’s behind your windows, in your living room, hoarded for an apocalypse that will occur only if we do not have the resources needed to fight this pandemic.” 

Dr. Joshua Weiner is one of our transplant surgeons, and he’s issued some real talk on the dire shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you have supplies to donate, please click here for drop-off locations and information. (From nytimes.com)

How Does The Coronavirus Behave Inside The Patient

A fantastic exploration into the importance of tracing the course of COVID-19 as it storms through populations across the planet. Dr. Mukherjee manages to explain a lot of what we don’t yet know with scientific clarity—he asks key questions and describes why we need the answers and what it will take to get them. (From newyorker.com)

Now for some related yet unrelated reading to inject a bit of texture into a few moments of your day.

The untold origin story of the N95 mask 

Here’s a brief history lesson. It’s likely that everyone knows what an N95 mask is these days, but the story of its evolution through multiple global crises is certainly lesser-known. (From fastcompany.com)


A very short story with fitting urgency. Take two minutes and give this one a read. “Sonja looks at the wall calendar, as if a date could make sense of the times.” (From narrativemagazine.com)

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