The uncertainty is certain
Let us draw up the curtain
Unmask this serial killer’s intention.
Attack of its clones gone viral
Made distancing societal
Disrupting every human convention.
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Now forced into the scene
Telehealth bridges our care.
PPE and sanitizing
Social media fills the air.
But let’s not be deceived
This virus evilly conceived
A plan to evade the immune system:
Inducing cytokine storm
Wanting ARDS to be the norm
Treatment data still a schism.
We will beat this pandemic
Through strategies systemic
From handwashing to quarantine.
Relearning the essentials
To defeat you, COVID-nineteen!
As we navigate each Zoom lecture
At this oddly remote juncture
We dissect this murderer’s crime.
Blending infection with inflammation:
COVID-19 + (2)lungs + (1)heart + multi-organ x (n)Rheum …
… Equals one life at a time.
Candice Reyes, MD, RhMSUS, is an associate professor at UCSF Fresno.