The whole atrium is now a screening centre. When you arrive, they ask you a few questions, watch you wash your hands, and give you 2 masks in a paper bag to wear around the hospital for the day. When I arrived in the ICU office, I was greeted by the daytime doc, who apart from having shaved his beard, was wearing coveralls and wellington style rain boots. He suggested that I wear a face shield and a head cover basically all the time, unless I’m alone. The reason for the face shield is for what you would think and it’s to remind you not to touch your face. I rounded on the ICU patients, only a few intubated patients have COVID pneumonia, and as usual, there were lots of other people with non-COVID disease. The COVID patients are harder than a typical patient with pneumonia or even ARDS (severe lung inflammation), and it shows. They don’t respond to the same types of ventilator adjustments as other patients, so the usual strategies don’t work. The two biggest skills I realize I need to practice: unlocking my phone with the passcode (bc faceID doesn’t work when you wear a mask all day) and recognizing other people by their eyebrows.