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Exercising Heart and Head in Managing Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Wuhan

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Review this commentary on the wellbeing of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Across the world, Dr Li Wenliang, MMed, has become the face of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic in China. The ophthalmologist, who tried to alert his colleagues to this novel coronavirus and subsequently became an early victim of the disease, was among many thousands of health care workers who continue to struggle with limited resources to treat patients with COVID-19 while staving off an even larger pandemic. Lai et al1 describe another ongoing struggle at the COVID-19 epicenter, namely its consequences on the mental health of clinicians and other health care workers.

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Article Information

Published: March 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.4006

Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Perlis RH. JAMA Network Open.

Corresponding Author: Roy H. Perlis, MD, MSc, Center for Quantitative Health and Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Simches Research Bldg, 185 Cambridge St, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02114 (rperlis@mgh.harvard.edu).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Perlis reported having biotech investments in Outermost Therapeutics, Psy Therapeutics, Burrage Capital, and RID Ventures and receiving personal fees from Genomind and Tekada Pharmaceutical Company outside the submitted work.

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