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I am an acute care physical therapist treating COVID-19 patients. Nothing can prepare you for practice in this type of crisis. Aside from worry about exposure due to lack of PPE and potentially bringing this virus home to my family, I am most impacted by the loneliness of my patients and the anxiety of families during their hospital stay — whether due to COVID-19 or another medical emergency.

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