They’re deep in the trenches. Health care workers and medical professionals fighting a war with a common enemy: the coronavirus.

For months, doctors, nurses and other medical personnel, as well as researchers and mental health care professionals, have put their own personal safety on the line to save lives. They’ve sacrificed time with loved ones, nights of sleep and even the right to live in their own homes while caring for COVID-19 patients.

Jmore proudly recognizes the health care heroes among us. Hundreds of members of our community are on the front lines, researching treatments and vaccine possibilities, caring for the critically ill and providing strength to those struggling with this horrific virus.

Here are some of their stories.

Dr. Hinda L. Rosin: “For those that are conscious, I can’t imagine the feelings they have watching us come in gowned up from head to toe.”

Giving Comfort and Support

Hinda L. Rosin normally works at Sinai Hospital, but when the pandemic broke out, she redeployed to serve on Northwest Hospital’s airways team.

Read her story.

Stacy Steinberg: “We are trying to make sure we aren’t socially isolating families from their loved ones just because we are social distancing.”

‘A Level of Disbelief’

“A big part of coordinating hospice and comfort care is educating the families as they navigate through the difficult time,” says Stacy Steinberg, a hospice care consultant with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. “It’s difficult to not be with someone in person.”

Read her story.

Dr. Samuel Minkove: “What people need to recognize is there is no cure, so all we can do is provide the best critical care we know how.”

Taking Extra Precautions

As a critical care pulmonologist, Dr. Samuel Minkove is trained to care for the sickest of the sick. But while preparing to treat COVID-19 patients, he says the volume of critically ill patients stunned him.

Read his story.

A nurse practitioner, Rebecca Rubin cares for women at GBMC who are about to become mothers.

‘Fighting a War Every Shift’

Rebecca and Justin Rubin are pulling double-duty, both working full time as nurses and parents to their three young daughters. The couple rotate day and night shifts. 

Read their story.

Dr. Matthew B. Frieman: “This new virus transmits just like a common cold virus, but is more fatal.”

A Veteran of the Virus Wars

For 16 years, Dr. Matthew B. Frieman, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has focused on studying coronaviruses. Now, his lab is working around the clock to find a way to combat COVID-19.

Read his story.

Dr. Shmuel Shoham: “If you are exposed to COVID-19, you have about a 20 percent chance of coming down with the virus. That means anything from sniffles to being really sick.”

Stepping Up

At Johns Hopkins, doctors and researchers are conducting experiments and clinical trials to find answers about the coronavirus. Dr. Shmuel Shoham is one of those doctors, investigating the use of plasma from recovered survivors as a preventive treatment.

Read his story.

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