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It’s Not Your Fault

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To identify the key insights or developments described in this article
1 Credit CME

My throat still raw from the punishing nasal swab, I sit alone at home awaiting the result. After awakening with a sore throat and muscle aches, I am quarantined from work at the hospital where I am an infectious diseases physician. I try to reassure myself that I have been careful—all the diligent handwashing and mask wearing. But still my mind is racing through every person I have been in contact with over the last 48 hours—coworkers, patients, my husband, and kids who, if this COVID-19 test result comes back positive, may all become potential contacts. The fear of getting sick is bad enough, but wrap it up in the guilt of hurting those you care for and love and you have a uniquely horrific gift of the pandemic.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Wendy Stead, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 110 Francis St, Lowry Medical Office Building, Suite GB, Boston, MA 02215 (wstead@bidmc.harvard.edu).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Acknowledgements: I thank my aunt and cousins for allowing me to share Jeff and Peter’s story.

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