Q: What is your dad’s job/what has he been doing during the pandemic?
My dad is a cardiologist and he works in the hospital at the U of M. As of right now, he is doing his normal procedures which includes putting in valves. He recently has been doing his normal procedures on COVID-19 patients, and they might ask them to continue looking into treatments for COVID-19 patients. He still performed his normal procedures, however.
Q: How has living with a medical professional during a pandemic affected your life? As far as daily routine, safety precautions, mental health, etc.
Living with medical professionals, both my mom and my dad, hasn’t affected my life too much, however, it does make me a lot more aware of the magnitude of COVID-19. My parents leave all the clothes they go to work in in our downstairs basement, and they shower the second they get home no matter what. I guess it’s affected my life in the sense that I’ve been trying to isolate myself from them within my own house.
Q: What has been the hardest part?
The hardest part is being worried about my parents catching the disease and or spreading to more patients or myself without realizing it. It’s definitely scary but I know they have to keep going to work because it’s hard to do that work from home.
Q: What has your family been doing to stay healthy both physically and mentally?
My family has been staying in our home as much as we can and prepping supplies in case we have to stay at home for more months than what is being said right now. We’ve been using our treadmill to stay physically active and we’ve been going about our normal life at home to try to stay mentally sane being confined in the house so much.