The Cardiologist at the Time of Coronavirus: A Perfect Storm

Claudio Rapezzi; Roberto Ferrari


Eur Heart J. 2020;41(13):1320-1322. 

In This Article

Time Regained

The large amount of time freed from congresses, seminars, academic, or other scientific work trips is unloaded onto the European cardiologist leaving him somewhat disorientated. Time dilates and the day suddenly lengthens. There is finally time to think, read, write, and make progress with research projects that are underway or need to be initiated, but also, to direct personal energy to a direct relationship with patients. In truth however, this change is by no means simple or automatic. The sudden excess of free time is surprising and leaves a hollow feeling. One realizes how much our usual rhythm, imposed by anxiety and our too many engagements, are actually necessary to maintain an active and productive intellect. Indeed, the restriction of personal contact—that is sometimes yearned for in times of excessive meetings and boards—suddenly becomes a burden. One ascertains for oneself what we try to teach our children and students, i.e. that the internet and social media are not able to surrogate direct personal contact.