After growing out my beard for about 3 months, the time has come.
I guess it would be best to fully trim and shave it off, but I need baby steps. Maybe the time will come when I’ll need to use an N95 instead of a PAPR, but it’s a first step for now.
Many healthcare workers are shaving off their beards, just take a look at Dave – he clearly shaved today – right?
Thanks to some of the kids and Caroline, who gave me some moral support afterwards and cheered me up!
Wondering your thoughts on remote work by leaders. We have a director, and 2 associates (of which I am one) – seems that important for leadership to be present physically in some manner at all times, but needs to be balanced with minimizing exposure risk. So far, director insists on being present most days, and thinking to have one additional associate as well.
Hi Chris – develop two leadership teams that ideally do not intermingle (perhaps you and another senior hospitalist on Team 1, and the Director and another leader on Team 2). Coordinate your schedules so that someone is there each day ideally, but such that members from Team 1 are never near members of Team 2. That way, if your Director gets sick, you are not in a meeting with him/her and then both of you go out of commission. I will follow-up with a post on this, great topic and something we have considered.
In-person presence provides a much better picture of what is actually happening – someone should fulfill that role ideally every day.
Hi Steve, great pictures, thanks for sharing. Curious about your beard and if you might shave it off completely so that a mask would fit better and tighter. . .keeping you safer.
Yeah – may get there, but for now leaving the much shorter version. The true “fit” is only needed for N95 masks, but we are using those only in special circumstances where there is aerosolization of the virus, and that is fortunately uncommon. For all patients (and all day) we are wearing surgical masks, which are loose fitting and don’t require (nor can they create) a seal.