In this interview, Dr. Sarah Fox, gynecologist, Clinical Assistant Professor at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, and member of the Brown University class of 1989, discusses the challenges and changes she faced as a women’s health provider during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Fox begins by explaining her thoughts and feelings as news about COVID-19 emerged out of China. She recalls stocking up on non-perishables as early as January and goes on to contrast the response to this virus with the response to the Ebola outbreak. She discusses the changes that were made in her office to stop all non-essential visits and the challenges of determining what is and is not essential. She details here use of telehealth and emphasizes its necessity during the pandemic and the value of continuing its use afterwards.
Fox continues by sharing some of the ways she has seen the pandemic impact women’s and trans-people’s health. She also shares a difficult instance of one of her patients discarding an N95 mask because she thought it was uncomfortable. Fox stresses the need for everyone to wear masks wherever they go for the health and safety of everyone around them. She also explains why she believes many of the challenges impacting the United States during the pandemic were avoidable. Fox closes by reminding listeners that their doctors are still available and eager to provide them with care.