Editor's note

Every day, at hospitals across the country and globe, health care workers are putting their health and safety on the line to care for patients with COVID-19, while also facing a shortage of protective gear and supplies.

“As emergency and critical care doctors and nurses, we think about and train for these types of situations regularly, but nobody expects to be the epicenter of a pandemic in the U.S.,” writes Nicholas Johnson, an emergency and critical care physician at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, which is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine.

In this first in a series of dispatches from those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Johnson describes what it’s like caring for patients amid this strange new reality.

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Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Clare McLean/UW Medicine

‘My first question every time I see a new patient now is: Could this be COVID-19?’ A Seattle doctor on the frontlines

Nicholas Johnson, University of Washington

An emergency and critical care physician gives a dispatch from the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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