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Personal Risk and Societal Obligation Amidst COVID-19

Educational Objective
To understand how one physician assesses and balances their own risk and social obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic
1 Credit CME

I grew up as a fiercely atopic kid with red rashes and watery eyes. I would wheeze when I played sports or when I got a cold. During college, my asthmatic lungs faced the East Coast nemesis called winter.

Nowadays, I seek urgent care a couple times yearly for asthma exacerbations, and last winter, I found myself hospitalized with influenza A. I needed bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) for a night during that admission as my tachypnea escalated despite the typical cocktail of inhalers, magnesium, solumedrol, and oseltamivir. I bounced back within a few days and was back to work the following week.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Cynthia Tsai, MD, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Medicine, 505 Parnassus Ave, Box 0119, San Francisco, CA 94143 (cynthia.tsai@ucsf.edu).

Published Online: April 3, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.5450

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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