PARKLAND, FL- The pandemic has swept through medical ranks across the globe. But while the coronavirus hasn’t sickened as many doctors, nurses and other staff at hospitals and clinics in Broward County as compared to places like New York City, it has infected some workers and caused fear in their homes – including Dr. Ian Russinoff, an emergency room physician.
At the start of the outbreak, Dr. Russinoff showed up day after day to face those sick in his emergency room, earning praise as a hero.
In late March, he developed a cough and was feeling fatigued beyond normal work exhaustion. He got tested for COVID-19. The results came back positive.
"It was certainly concerning when Ian came down with the virus, but Ian was already living in the guest room and social distancing from the family, as he was treating people with the virus," said Tzvia Russinoff, his wife.
For the next three weeks, he quarantined in his home in Parkland with Tzvia and their three sons. There were no family dinners or long TV nights on the couch.
Instead, home life was relegated to saying “hello” from across the house and Tzvia dropping off food at her husband’s quarantine room.
As he recovered, Dr. Russinoff continued working remotely and helping the staff back at the hospital.
All the while, the family’s friends helped out back home.
"Our neighbors have been tremendous," she said. "It seemed every day we had meals provided and support showing up from the people that surround us. We feel very blessed and uplifted to live in our community."
Once Dr. Russinoff finished his quarantine, he got tested again. This time, the result was negative. A second test also came back negative. He eventually returned to work and is now back to his regular caseload.
Thankfully, Tzvia said she and the boys didn’t get sick.
Looking back over the past few weeks, Tzvia said the experience has strengthened their family and connection to the community.
Her husband reports to work knowing his medical expertise is saving lives but also understands his own vulnerability to the virus.
"We know what to expect from the virus, and we've come a long way in learning how to deal with COVID-19,” she said. “While the coronavirus has been a global pandemic on a scale we've never witnessed, I am more confident in our ability to persevere through this season than I ever was before."
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