In mid-March 2020, when the Quebec government announced confinement measures as the COVID infection and death rate tolls soared worldwide, the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI or “the Chest”) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) rushed to launch the MUHC’s first COVID wards. This was a natural fit as COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease and the MCI represents the Division of Respiratory Medicine at the MUHC. Dr. Kevin Schwartzman, Director of the Respiratory Division at the MUHC and head of the Chest, was tasked to oversee the launch of the COVID wards at both the Glen and the Montreal General Hospital (MGH). The practice of medicine as we know it would drastically change over the following weeks, as healthcare providers would have to constantly adapt their approach in order to save lives.

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