Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

from the frontlines

MEDELITA stands with the medical community in the fight against Coronavirus in the U.S. and abroad.

This page will serve as a portal for all updates and activity related to helping the community, sharing our stories and those of Medelita Ambassadors on the frontlines, and using our platform to spread important messages related to the fight.

Donate Your N95 Masks | #SuppliesSaveLives | COVID-19: Nurses Protect Public Health

How COVID-19 Affects the Lungs of Severely Sick Patients

Posted April 29, 2020

Ambassador Dr. Jamie "Cedric" Rutland, a pulmonary and critical care physician, explains on Fox News how COVID-19 affects the lungs of severely sick patients and shows how breathing is restricted with an actual computerized tomography scan (CAT scan) of COVID-19 infected lungs.


For more updates, be sure to follow Dr. Rutland @drjrutland

Original video on FOX News here.


Physician Assistants Called to COVID-19 Frontlines

Posted April 21, 2020

NEW YORK — As hospitals have adapted to fight the demand from patients with the coronavirus, many have leaned on physician assistants to help meet the burden.

Full article here

A ReTweet From Dr. Alok Patel, Pediatrician from NY Governor Andrew Cuomo 

Posted March 30, 2020

The best way to thank our doctors and healthcare professionals is to listen to them.

Medelita Ambassador Alok Patel  Interviewed on WebMD: Coronavirus in Context: What to Know About Children and COVID-19

Posted: March 26, 2020 

Original video aired on

A Post From Dr. Hala Sabry, Emergency Medicine Physician

Posted: March 24, 2020

Original post on Facebook here.

Have you ever felt short of breath? Now imagine feeling short of breath and breathing out of a that ideal Now imagine you have to share that straw with someone else who is short of is that ideal? Finally, imagine there were no more straws. What would you do? Please listen to this very poignant and thoughtful description of what NY is going through. This isn’t a hoax, we aren’t “worry warts”. This is HAPPENING! Release the national storage ventilators, PPE and the rest of the supplies. Because American lives are worth it.

Medelita Ambassador Alok Patel Interviewed on ABC News: UCSF's Dr. Patel talks DIY masks, social distancing, possible drug to treat COVID-19

Posted: March 23, 2020

Original video aired on

"We still know that an N-95 mask is what we all need to ensure we're safe," Dr. Patel said. "If we don't have an N-95 mask, is it plausible that some of these do-it-yourself masks could block some of the droplets? It's possible."  Sure, it's possible a DIY mask could help, but Patel says this isn't the question people should be asking."

Medelita Ambassador Jamie Rutland, M.D. live

Posted: March 23, 2020

Visit plumonary/critical care MD Jamie Rutland's IG page for live Q&A sessions and other important updates.

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I hear all of you. We should have supplies. We should have proper PPE (personal protective equipment like masks, gowns, hats, gloves, hazmats). But we don’t. It’s a fact. We’ve lost too many people and too many physicians because of this. Now we have to improvise. Despite your hospital policies. We can withstand. So what should we do? Take matters into our own hands and reduce exposure. These are ideas that have been developed by listening to all my friends and all of you. We all contributed. I am going to leave them here. 1. Rapid covid testing, for drive through testing and people with mild symptoms along with ER/Hospital for those with more severe symptoms to triage appropriately. 2. If positive, and needs to be inpatient, heads to COVID tent (or designated “hospital”) 3. Isolate non COVID patients 4. DEVELOP COVID teams. Cards, Pulm/cc, ID, IM, neph. DESIGNATE ONE doctor to enter room daily. We all know we don’t need 5 in there daily. (This is my personal favorite) 5. Space suit (hazmat suit, FULL PPE) for people taking care of peeps in COVID tents/hospital. I mean have you seen what China did? 6. As soon as SARS CoV 2 suspected inpatient, begin antiviral therapy. (I don’t know how this could be any different than sepsis where broad spectrum abx within 6 hours has lowered mortality) this is purely my thought. I have really no evidence to support this thought. 7. Educate each other. We need each other now more than ever. 8. Ask yourself if you can move IV pumps and/or vent outside room before exposure. Ask if you actually need to be in the room. 9. Beat the shit out of SARS CoV 2 and get back to “normal” soon (realistically 12-18 months) Throughout these steps, we obviously will be developing a vaccine (I don’t want to hear it anti vaxxers. Not now). These are just my ideas in a perfect world. Some of these can be carried out. Some cannot. But we are all thinking of ways to contribute. I’m just doing my part. Reduce your exposure. #coronavirus #sarscov2 #pulmonary #criticalcare #md #hoag #letsgo #ideas #share #educate #reduceyourexposure #science #vaccine

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A Post From Dr. Hala Sabry, Emergency Medicine Physician

Posted: March 23, 2020

Medelita Ambassador Alok Patel, M.D. Interviewed on ABC News

Posted: March 22, 2020

For more real and honest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from pediatrician and medical journalist Alok Patel, follow him @alokpatelmd now.

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One of my most ridiculous live TV-looks, used to highlight the insanely ridiculous mask shortage. Also, I think I scared the anchors.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The alarm went off last week, when the CDC recommended last resort masks in the form of bandanas and scarves. That was the poisonous cherry on the severe shortage sundae. Whistles were blown, promises were made, manufacturers said they were going to step it up, everybody promised aid was coming.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Over the past week, I've heard the exact opposite from my colleagues all over the country. These are front-line providers who are not only putting themselves at risk but are at risk of spreading the virus to others. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ There are now public drives to collect masks, gowns, and gloves. There is a letter urging our federal government to immediately assist us in obtaining critical PPE, especially N95 masks. There are DIY masks being made out of shirts, diapers, maxi pads, vacuum cleaner bags, and scarves. These are all band-aids covering a critical life-threatening issue. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Aren't we the "richest most powerful country in the world?" If so, our front line providers are not feeling it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here's what YOU can do:⁣⁣ - Donate ANY masks you may be hoarding.⁣⁣ - Try and participate in any local drive or online petition you run into. ⁣⁣ - Call, write, fax, or yell at your local elected officials. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Oh, and stay home please. ⁣⁣ (btw, this IS a @uArizona bandana - wildcat pride EVEN with public health alarms blaring.)

A Letter From Lara Francisc, PA-C

Posted March 14, 2020
Today feels different.

The two-month slow boil to this point truly felt slow. Until now.

I’ve read endless social media posts asking everyone to be safe, take precautions, wash your hands and save masks. There’s an abundance of company emails describing additional cleaning procedures, ordering for take-out only, social distancing at coffee houses and other smart precautions. But the messaging seems irrelevant to those responsibly unable to comply. 6-foot rules, plus stay home, plus limit contact? Impossible.

For many years I worked EM and I think about what it would be like to make the drive to work right now. The mental preparation and physical resilience needed to just step out of the car, to walk through the entrance, to glimpse at the waiting room and head toward the first chart. To read the CC that says, cough, malaise, SOB. I worked long enough to know that none of you will pause when that’s your chart. It’s go time and there is no hesitation.

I’ve also been thinking about the polarization of messaging all around us. In seconds I’ll flip from general news alerts and ubiquitous social media posts (school closures, empty shelves, hand washing demos) only then to posts from MDs, DOs, PAs, and NPs saying, “I saw 30 patients today face to face. I examined their ears, eyes, nose, and mouth because that is my job and they needed me. And I’ll go tomorrow and do the same.” It’s a tale of two worlds, and I think most are unable to realize how valiant yet normal it is to walk in.

There was one other time in my life I can remember this much selflessness in the face of crisis. I was working at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, Queens, NY. It was in the ER on 9/11. The first tower was on fire and every ambulance heading from our borough to lower Manhattan stopped to pick up anyone that could help. And so many from our team jumped on. Today gives me flashbacks to that time in US history when the effort to save and to prevail was all encompassing . . .


Our platform will look different in the upcoming days, weeks and months, and we’re proud to have the opportunity to pivot appropriately. We hope to be a source of positivity, gratitude and colleague support across all specialties.


Lara Francisco, PA-C

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