Being a Fellow in the Time of COVID-19

  • 1 Kartik Kalra, MD, is a nephrology fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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Kartik Kalra

In mid-January 2020 I first heard about COVID-19. At first, it came across as yet another respiratory viral disease that had moderately higher infectivity compared with previous viruses. I never imagined that it was just the beginning of what would become a pandemic and that later case numbers would be staggering and overwhelming. COVID-19 has taken a toll not only on patients but also on healthcare systems, their workers, and the economy.

Sooner than I could comprehend the full extent of the damage, I found myself engulfed in the midst of this pandemic. It now feels like