What We’re Reading: 04/24/20


Continuing to lead with news around COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. 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

Sticking with what works; the best place to start. 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.

Trump comments prompt doctors, and Lysol, to warn against injecting disinfectants 

To reiterate, emphatically, only take medical advice from medical professionals. Do not ingest or inject disinfectants. UV light is not a treatment.

“My concern is that people will die. People will think this is a good idea,” says Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia. “This is not willy-nilly, off-the-cuff, maybe-this-will-work advice. This is dangerous.”  (From washingtonpost.com)

An ER Doctor’s Diary Of Three Brutal Weeks Fighting COVID-19

A piercing account from the frontlines. One that unfolds day by day; living, breathing, and hoping through the COVID-19 peak in NYC. Dr. Jason Hill’s honesty will fill you with pride and sorrow. No better source for insight than the diary of an emergency physician.  (From buzzfeednews.com)

Answering Kids’ Questions About the Coronavirus, in Free Picture Books

This one is for you and your kids. “My Hero Is You” is a free illustrated book about a girl named Sara. She’s scared and feels helpless, she can’t sleep. She misses her friends. It’s geared toward ages 6 to 11 years but that’s not a hard limiter. The book does a beautiful job explaining the pandemic, social responsibility, and the importance of honoring and expressing your feelings. 

The article also provides a link to over 40,000 free e-books for children. A fantastic resource.  (From nytimes.com)

Now for some related yet unrelated fiction. Read or listen to the author read to you, perhaps before bed.

Bedtime Story 

By Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

The story starts with the ritual act of a couple putting their child to bed. The couple suddenly finds themselves in the throes of nostalgia, life in their twenties. Quickly enough perspectives diverge and bloom in more ways than you expect. Stories contain their own stories. We won’t give too much away, just take our word for it and give this one your time. (From newyorker.com)

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