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The SARS COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020

Patrick I. Borgen, MD
Published: Monday, Apr 06, 2020

Patrick Ivan Borgen, MD

Chairman, Department of Surgery

Maimonides Medical Center

Brooklyn, New York

Patrick Ivan Borgen, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn, New York

The SARS COVID-19 virus pandemic came out of nowhere, circling the globe with shocking speed and with a vengeance. It has collapsed financial markets, overwhelmed healthcare systems, filled hospitals, and emptied public spaces. And, it has undoubtedly taken lives.


More than 200,000 Americans have been infected with COVID-19, and more than 4500 people have died from the virus across the country. Even the most seasoned physicians and researchers are alarmed and admit to being “scared” of something that they simply have never dealt with in their careers. The White House has confirmed that its own modelling shows between 100,000 and 240,000 are likely to die before the crisis is over—even if people heed social distancing guidelines. By comparison, a total of 58,209 Americans died in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975.

The only real weapon against a virus that the healthcare world has 100 days of experience with has been social distancing, quarantines, and lockdowns that slow down the spread of the virus and simultaneously paralyzes the economy.

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