general practitioner
Moscow, Russia
I am the chief shift doctor at the computer tomography (CT) center. It is where people with suspected coronavirus complicated by pneumonia are sent. We perform a chest CT, ECG, express blood test. A person spends thirty minutes going through all the tests. Based on the results of the research, we prescribe treatment and make a decision whether the patient should be treated at home or hospitalized. Everything is free of charge, including medications.

Not everyone is CT-scanned, there are clear indications and criteria. This is a radiation exposure after all. I often explain what "ground-glass opacity" is. That this is not something specific to coronavirus, it's just an x-ray symptom that occurs
in many pneumonias.
In March I got sick. But the swabs were negative. I was ill for two weeks, with a temperature of 37.2, had a dry cough, terrible weakness, bronchitis. When we started testing for antibodies,
it turned out that I had already formed an immune system against coronavirus. Now every seven days we do swabs for virus and test blood for antibodies. Recent tests revealed fifteen infected colleagues, but all asymptomatic. Now they are quarantined.
I didn't panic. We understand that we are always at risk,
and this is not necessarily coronavirus, there is also hepatitis, tuberculosis, and HIV.

Everyone complains about self-isolation, I complain that I don't have a day off. I think that numbers will start declining in the mid-June. We already have less patients, in the last days we had 18-20 patients per doctor, and on average 45-50 per day for all doctors. Previously there were 40 patients per doctor and 120-130 per day. On the positive side, I have gained a lot of experience, which helps my personal development and improves speed of response in emergency cases. On the negative side, I'm simply tired. Although my life has not changed much: I continue to learn Spanish, prepare for the entrance exams for Spanish residence (I plan to live and work there), and study anatomical pathology.
Will humanity change? I highly doubt it. The pandemic lasts six months, not five years, to really make a difference. I am sure that as soon as we are allowed to walk freely, all Moscow will be out on the streets. Shopping centers will open — everything will be crowded because people are tired of that slow rhythm of life, they are uncomfortable. They want to get back to their normal life. And everything will come back to this, I believe. Maybe they'll learn to wash their hands, which would be nice.
current state