As a medical student in 2006, Kaie-Ann Smith experienced an outbreak of dengue.
However, for the good doctor, that experience cannot be compared to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She is not deterred by the gravity of the situation and is forging ahead on the frontline at the Kingston Public Hospital, practicing what she was taught, and carrying out her mission to save lives.
“As a doctor, I am trained to do whatever is necessary as the need arises. In the moment my main aim is to treat the patient,” she explained to Flair.
COPING ON THE FRONTLINE
Despite her training and experience, she is not immune to the fear that’s brought on by the rapid spread of COVID-19. “There is always a looming sensation of fear, not just for your own safety but the safety of your loved ones that may be exposed. But, the overwhelming sense of ethical responsibility to assist your fellow man in this difficult time trumps that fear,” said Dr Smith.
Laughter, social media (Instagram in particular) and a family that shows her overwhelming love are the doctor’s coping mechanisms. That’s how she retains her mental health. She told Flair that in addition to practising proper sanitation and social distancing routines with KPH workmates, they always make space for jokes to ease some pressure.
FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES
As we’re uncertain of when the pandemic will end, she’s calling on persons to follow the guidelines and tips that are given and embrace a new way of life. Dr Smith says it is the key to us coming out of this pandemic together.
She wants you to follow in her footsteps by observing social distancing, wearing a face mask and following all the other instructions given.