“I’m exhausted. As the pandemic rages on, the mental toll of dealing with COVID-19 has started to wear on me. As a practicing hospitalist in the Midwest impacted by one of the many hotspots caused by the meatpacking industry, I have spent a fair bit of time with this virus on the frontline. Some aspects of practicing medicine in a pandemic have actually improved, such as the increase in possible treatments and data to support those treatments. But one of the most stressful aspects of practicing medicine right now is the unexpected second front—the propagation of information from an increasingly vocal group of people who think the dangers of COVID-19 are imagined or manufactured.”

Clarissa Barnes is an internal medicine physician and can be reached at Dr. Clarissa Explains Healthcare.

She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD articles, “COVID-19 is a war on two fronts” and “To my health care colleagues in South Dakota.”

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