Who is necessary and invaluable in times of pandemic and normal times? Doctors, that's who.
Meet Alexi Lens. She's an emergency room doctor in San Diego, California. We sat with her to talk about her experience and advice regarding social distancing and why it's important for all of us to adhere to it. Taken from the mouth of an avid surfer and outdoor enthusiast, Alexis is asking all of us to do our part.
Above: Alexis is in her "break-time" attire. She says it's really exhausting and challenging to wear PPE all the time and still do her job as a physician.
A letter from Alexis Lens:
Physical(social) distancing will work but it takes time and we will see a peak in cases before we see the benefits of it. The quicker we can accept this, the fewer people will die. If we continue to expose each other the hospitals will be overwhelmed, we will run out of space, ventilators, beds and protective equipment for the healthcare workers which, are all already running dangerously low. And if we get sick who will take care of you? Do it not just for yourself but for your friends and family who may get sick and have to go to the hospital.
This disease does not just cause severe illness in the old, we have seen it in all people. Just because you are young and healthy does not mean you won’t end up in the hospital and in critical condition or worse.
I have seen a lot of things over the 7 years I have been in emergency medicine but I have never been scared until now. I am afraid of dying myself and losing the people I love. I am afraid of our healthcare system going into complete collapse. I can assure you none of us really know if we will make it out of this. Be happy you are home, being home is the only guaranteed safe place."
Above: Alexis is an avid surfer, explorer and naturalist. This is her living life to the fullest on a tropical wave. You are now allowed to drop-in on us when this is all said and done.
We send our deepest gratitude for putting your life on the line to care for our loved ones. You're a true hero!