physician, post-graduate trainee
Moscow, Russia
I work in the "red zone" with coronavirus patients in the medical research and educational center of Moscow State University. The medical staff is very well equipped, which unfortunately can not be said about junior and mid-level medical staff. The hospital consists of an intensive care unit and four infectious units. There are three eight-hour shifts per day. I am a postgraduate trainee, so I go on a shift with another doctor in the department of 20-30 patients.
At first, when we had the first inflow of patients, it was quite hard. We could have up to eight new patients per shift, in the first days I had a couple of 'eight hours on – eight hours off' shifts. But when the department have a full occupancy, you just walk around the patients, observe them, and it all calms down in a way. We don't have as many serious patients who are in need of a full respiratory support and lung ventilation. A lot more people just need to receive the appropriate drug therapy in the hospital under medical supervision. In our first month of work, only one elderly woman died, no one else so far. People are recovering and leaving the hospital.

Come to think of it, I should have been afraid, but I have no fear at all. I'm only worried for my beloved grandmother. Before the pandemic I would spent most of my time with her, now I had to move out, and the road to work takes much longer.
I always knew that I love adventures. No matter how weird it sounds, but I am absolutely comfortable now, this is a very valuable experience. In all seriousness, I am afraid that just as soldiers cannot find the right place for themselves in the time of peace, this may be the case with me when life returns to the usual routine.

What will happen after the pandemic? I know one thing about medicine — I hope that such a test as fluorography will disappear, because the pandemic has proved that people with perfect fluorography have clinical signs even in a low-dose computer tomography. I also hope that the attitude towards doctors will change.

One more thing — in some areas of Russian medicine the concept of "own way" is still alive. I think this should also perish, since there is no "own way". There is the right way and the rest. This is true not only for the medicine. This will help to realize our place in this world where there are common problems and common solutions.
current state
sunny with a chance of storm