I spent 12 days on a ventilator in 2015. There’s a post-COVID crisis on the horizon.

These are not dreams. Discounting these experiences as such is like saying riding a roller coaster is the same as being thrown from one at its peak in a free fall that doesn’t end.

I’m no public health expert, but I think we have reason to be alarmed. The wave of post-traumatic stress disorder (and that’s really what it is) coming in the pandemic’s wake has the potential to leave lasting scars on individuals, families and communities. And that ripples to a national impact we could be dealing with for a generation.

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