“Hospitals need to work with staff to figure out solutions to gaps that lead to outbreaks when expected human mistakes happen.” — Nahid Bhadelia, MD, an infectious diseases specialist at Boston University, praising Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston for transparency in reporting a cluster of nosocomial COVID-19 cases there.
“In general, clinicians should be providing care to patients on their terms rather than relying on patients to see us on ours.” — Ray Dorsey, MD, of the University of Rochester in New York, on telehealth for Parkinson’s disease patients.
“Without clear data on where outbreaks are occurring, we are flying blind.” — Leana Wen, MD, of George Washington University, commenting on requirements that clinicians report data on school attendance when testing for COVID-19.
“If you think of addiction as a mental illness like any other, then these things we are finding seem absurd and unbelievable.” — Michael Barnett, MD, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, on the low number of addiction treatment facilities offering standard of care for substance use disorder.
“Race and ethnicity are critical components to understanding MS disparities and the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” — Amber Salter, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, discussing how Black patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) had worse COVID-19 outcomes than white multiple sclerosis patients.
“The wording and strength of guideline recommendations really does matter quite a lot.” — Benjamin R. Roman, MD, MSHP, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, discussing how guidelines on thyroid cancer effectively influenced practitioners.
“It creates this sense of, ‘We’re in this together, and everyone is having the feelings that I am.'” — Deirdre Barrett, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, on pandemic dreaming.