‘Thank you” so much for the wonderfully “edifying, encouraging, and uplifting” article, “Death is an Expected COVID-19Effect; Covidlateral Damage is Not” by Seth Hawkins, MD; Sarah Frances McClure, DO; and Wooten Jones, MD, MPH. (EMN. 2020;42:1; https://bit.ly/3gKxT4i.) I say this with no small amount of sarcasm and anger.
Since I retired, I have enjoyed keeping up with the latest in emergency medicine. But the last thing I expected is an article sensationalizing all the grief of the pandemic. Shame! This article stooped to a new low of sensational journalism!
The last thing a burned-out, exhausted, and emotionally bruised EP needs to read is a litany of more tragedy. How about some comfort and encouragement? How about some understanding? How about a thank you?
I sat on the sidelines during this pandemic, being retired and 72 years old, but my heart goes out to those on the front line. I have been there too. I burned out after 30 years of ED work. The last thing I would want to read is this article.
Philip J Roode, MD