• Craig Spencer MD MPH took to Twitter on Monday night to give people a glance into the daily life of an ER doctor in New York during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Spencer was the last America to be cured of Ebola in 2014 after he was deployed to Guéckédou, Guinea
  • New York has become an epicenter for COVID-19 after spiking to over 20,000 cases accounting for half the country’s current cases

As COVID-19 cases continue to relentlessly pound New York hospitals, some have wondered what the doctors are seeing. Is it really as bad as some are making it out to be? Craig Spencer MD MPH decided to give Twitter users a glance into the daily life of an ER doctor in New York during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Experts are calling New York an epicenter for the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, New York holds half of the country’s 46,000 confirmed cases. According to Spencer, many of the cases coming in were infected a week ago, adding to his point that it is too late to stop this virus. However, there is still hope to slow the spread.

Spencer is the Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center. In 2014, Spencer became the last American cured of Ebola. He caught the disease while deployed to Guéckédou, Guinea, near the epicenter of the outbreak to work as a physician in an Ebola treatment center with the organization Doctors Without Borders. Spencer spent six weeks in the epicenter before returning to America with the disease.

After spending three weeks in the hospital and his liver almost failing, with the help of an experimental drug and plasma donated by a patient who recovered from Ebola, Spencer was able to recover from the disease that claimed at least 11,300 lives. Needless to say, Spencer holds both knowledge and experience in this field, which is why you should listen when you hear Spencer say, “I survived Ebola. I fear COVID-19.”

On Sunday night, Spencer made a long series of tweets showing the darker side of being an ER doctor in New York right now. Not only does Spencer highlight the seriousness of this pandemic, but he also highlights another subject often looked over. The mental health of our health care workers. Spencer shares intimate details of life inside the ER and outside. From the constant fear of exposing himself to COVID-19 by simply removing his mask for a drink of water to his wife holding his toddler back who hasn’t seen him in days so he can shower before touching her. The series of tweets will hopefully act as a reminder of how serious this situation truly is.


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