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The Invisible Hand — Medical Care during the Pandemic

Published time: 02 April 2020

Authors: Michelle M. Kittleson, M.D., Ph.D.

Keywords: COVID-19, Epidemics, Health Care


I met him on March 3, 2020, a 70-year-old man with a 6-month history of classic stable angina. He had left-arm achiness whenever he walked uphill, reliably triggered by the same level of exertion and always relieved with rest. A stress test showed a large, reversible inferolateral defect, prompting consultation with me. At the time of his visit, travel restrictions had been issued for China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, and the first Covid-19–related death had been reported in the United States. But on that day, in my office on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, Covid-19 wasn’t even a blip on our radar.

The Invisible Hand ÔÇö Medical Care during the Pandemic



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