The Tip of the Spear

April 2020 - Vol. 9 No. 4 - Page #1

It is difficult to put into words the state of our union in health care. With few exceptions, all health care workers have been thrust to the front line in our ongoing war with COVID-19, either to combat the actual virus up close, or to face an onslaught of questions for which there are no clear answers as yet. Clinical laboratorians are in a unique and perhaps unenviable position right now, caught between having the knowledge, skills, and ability to quickly identify and properly manage this virus, and having the necessary resources, time, and sure guidance to do so.

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has reopened the world’s eyes to the tremendous power of viral infection. Health care workers and laboratorians, specifically, are reminded daily of the power of communicable disease, but the average person has not witnessed such a threat in their lifetime. While the Spanish Flu pandemic of the late 1920s claimed the lives of some 40-50 million people worldwide and other pandemics have caused significant loss of life (notably, the ongoing battle with HIV/AIDS), nothing has gripped the world so tightly and instilled such fear since pre-vaccination polio. Even that great scourge may soon pale in comparison.

One thing is plaintively clear: Health care workers are under tremendous stress to “fix” this problem. This is an unprecedented call to arms for anyone currently involved in the practice of medicine and at MedicalLab Management, we will do everything in our power to support you. While each of your experiences will be unique, you are certainly not alone, and we encourage you to reach out. If you have a success story about any aspect of your approach to confronting COVID-19, we want to hear it and share it. The future safeguards that will certainly be placed in the wake of this terrible virus will rise from the capable hands of today’s clinical workers. Please be careful. Please be safe. We are all in this together.

With kind regards and deep appreciation,

David McCormick
Managing Editor

P.S. My email address is
My phone number is 201.670.0077 x335.


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