The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted several Mainers to voice their insights on our healthcare system, using phrases such as “wake-up call”, “glaring deficiencies” and “major failing”. Mainers have also been inspired by the leadership of Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To quote Dr. Shah: “If you are feeling stressed in these times, reach out. People will be there for you, even if they cannot be with you.”
Listed below are selected letters to the editor, followed by links to resources recommended by the Maine CDC.
PNHP leaders Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH and David Himmelstein, MD have published their views in the Annals of Internal Medicine, entitled: “Intersecting U.S. Epidemics: COVID-19 and Lack of Health Insurance”
The Maine CDC offers regularly updated information on its website.
Simple acts such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing and staying home will help to save lives, reduce the number of daily cases, and relieve pressure on the healthcare system.