What We’re Reading: 05/15/20


COVID-19 is still very much in front of mind. Here are a few highlights from the week that we recommend you check out—

Daily COVID-19 Updates from Dr. Craig Smith, Chair of the Department of Surgery

For 59 days we shared Dr. Smith’s daily COVID-19 memos with the public. On Tuesday this week, Dr. Smith wrote his last missive, shifting dynamics as he returns to the operating room. We’re on the road to a new normal. If you haven’t had the chance, give the last few letters a read.

Act Now to Get Ahead of a Mental Health Crisis, Specialists Advise U.S.

Collateral damage from the Covid-19 pandemic will be unfurling for a while, and some of the fallout we can plan to manage. Mental health must be addressed head-on with access to care made easily accessible for everyone who needs it. The article cites a recent report warning of stark increases in suicides, a reality we cannot shy away from. 

"The two most replicated, robust factors linked to suicide are economic change — downturn — and social disconnection.” We saw this in the 2008 recession, and experts warn the hardships of 2020 could be far worse. Stay aware and keep looking out for one another.  (From npr.org)

Amid the Coronavirus, A Regimen for Reëntry

This one is all about lessons learned on the front lines. As lockdowns lift, maybe prematurely, let’s heed the warnings of doctors and scientists. Allow data and experience to take the lead. Read this one by Dr. Gawande and regardless of what inadequate models for reopening are presented by our political leaders, let’s emulate what we know has worked.  (From newyorker.com)

I’m Deaf and I Lip-Read. All Those Masks Are Presenting a Problem.

Coronavirus Diaries is a series worth your time. Each entry is a snapshot of one’s life during the pandemic. Written as first-person essays, they often capture an experience overlooked in the media. This piece is written by a woman who’s deaf struggling to understand a lot of what people say. Disabilities are often not visible, and Nahama’s experience serves as an important reminder to exercise empathy and awareness. (From slate.com)

Now for some letters that spark joy...

The Show’s Delayed, but They’re Still Keeping ‘Company’ 

The revival of “Company” was about to start previews on Broadway. Ten days til curtain when Broadway shut down in March. That day Patti LuPone and director Marianne Elliott started writing letters to each other, and boy are they just wonderful. (From nytimes.com)

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