Friends and Colleagues,

Able to handle almost anything -- that’s the way we think about top urban emergency departments. If you’re in dire need, if your primary care doctor can't see you, it’s frequently where you end up. They’re the front doors to hospitals as well as the safety nets. That people suspected of having COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 200 Nevadans and more than 200,000 people around the world, end up in emergency departments is no surprise. Within minutes of the patients’ arrival, emergency physicians and their colleagues go to work on the front lines, treating and testing for a disease no one has seen before. In today’s newsletter, six UNLV School of Medicine emergency medicine physicians, who work in UMC’s Emergency Department, share what they’ve learned about the virus, people, themselves, and their colleagues.