Sunday Night Live at Virtual AJ
January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us this evening for Sunday Night Live at Virtual AJ featuring Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Michael Saag. “COVID-19: Is it Safe to Come out Yet?”
Dr. Michael Saag is Associate Dean for Global Health and Director of the University of Alabama Center for AIDS Research. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Alabama. Dr. Saag spends much of his time treating patients fighting for their lives, and working with colleagues who are overwhelmed and exhausted by the relentless battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2020, both he and his adult son were infected with COVID-19 following a trip to Manhattan when the epidemic was raging there. First came a cough, followed by a fever, a headache, body aches, and an inability to concentrate. “In the mornings, I’d feel fine, and I thought I was done with it. And then every night, it would come right back as if it were starting all over again,” he said. “The hardest part of the night was that feeling of shortness of breath and not knowing if it was going to get worse. During eight suffocating nights, Saag wasn’t sure whether he’d survive without a ventilator. Fortunately, it never came to that. He is now fully recovered and feels closer than ever to the patients he treats.
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