Being on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis is one of the most grueling places to be. Fear, uncertainty, and safety can be crippling but the outpouring support and love from the community and its businesses are what keeps healthcare workers and patients going.

Steve Simon washing his hands following proper CDC guidelines

You don’t go into the medical field if caring for people in their darkest hours isn’t in your DNA.

With a kind heart and compassion for people, Steve Simon is working long and tireless hours as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

“I have never been challenged in this way but despite the complications, worries, and long shifts, I’m dedicated more than ever to support and care for my patients and the community.”

As of today, the City of Detroit has been hardest hit in Michigan with over 8,500 positive cases. The mayor’s office quickly activated a team to combat the crisis by ensuring the community has access to testing and critical resources.

Steve says every day brings a new box of thank you cards or meals provided by local celebrities or businesses and it is truly uplifting to know the community is in their corner. Detroiters are resilient, they stand tall, and know that this too shall pass.

The DMC asks those interested in making a donation of supplies call (313) 966-9328.

Dr. Zohra Chaudhry collaborating with colleagues and administering rapid antibody tests

Just as the community is coming together, so are healthcare workers.

Dr. Zohra Chaudhry is a transplant ID physician at Henry Ford Hospital. Since the virus came through Detroit like a wrecking ball, life for healthcare workers is centered around the pandemic. Regardless of subspecialties, there is teamwork, unity, critical thinking, and innovation happening to build out treatment plans. Not only is Dr. Chaudhry creating treatment plans for patients and updating their families, but she is supporting coronavirus education efforts throughout the hospital and testing staff with a rapid antibody tests. She’s also researching the effects it has on people who have had organ transplants.

“You cannot be with your family or loved ones for fear of exposing them to COVID-19. You are learning to deal with headaches from breathing in your own CO2 all day and face scars from N-95 masks. You feel helpless watching your own colleagues get sick and wonder if you are next. You feel guilty for not being able to do more for your patients.”

She says it’s not all bad things coming out of this tragic global event. She is hopeful we come out on the other end with a renewed respect for human connection and the simple things we previously took for granted.

Dr. Zohra Chaudhry is supporting local restaurants by ordering carryout after her long shifts. She is asking others to do the same. Here is a guide to best support local.

Dr. Amir Pakray

Treatment isn’t a one size fits all response and the virus doesn’t discriminate.

Dr. Amir Pakray is a Diagnostic Radiology Third Year Resident at a local Detroit area hospital and given the COVID-19 surge over the last month, his department has shifted gears to meet the demands on the medical floors and intensive care units related to the virus. His day to day consists of medical management of coronavirus patients.

As a medical professional, the research never stops. Dr. Pakray recently conducted and sent a radiology study for publication detailing the medical imaging findings of COVID-19 and elucidating the disproportionate impact of the virus among the African American community.

 ”My hope is to help shine light on the health disparities that exist among the underserved to help stimulate change for the future of healthcare.”

The lack of resources to combat the virus at Detroit area hospitals has been at the forefront and for those who live or work in the city, it really hits home.

Dr. Amir Pakray is supporting @enjoydetroit which is led by a Detroit native and friend, who is taking donations and facilitating food drives to families throughout Detroit.