Lessons From a Difficult Year

A year after being hospitalized with COVID, a physician considers the pandemic’s larger meaning for American medicine—and for American society.

One year ago, Amilcar Arnaldo Tirado, MD, MBA caught coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). He was hospitalized and honestly feared for his life. “This is it,” he told himself. “This is how your story ends.”

He lived and wrote about the experience for Psychiatric TimesTM. More recently, he wrote a follow-up reflection on his experience and what he has learned: “One Year With COVID-19.”

In this Mental Health Minute, Dr Tirado discusses his latest article and elaborates on the personal, medical, and political dimensions of the pandemic.

Dr Tirado is a forensic psychiatrist at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York. The author reports no conflicts of interest concerning the subject matter of this article.

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