Informed & Inspired: SmartHER about COVID-19 with Dr. Jamie Rutland

Dr. Rutland shares his unique experience as a pulmonologist who also specializes in autoimmune disease, sharing rare insight into what happens when a body battles COVID-19. PLUS ~ what we should know a year after the first pandemic headlines, answering new questions about double-masking, vaccines and variants.

Full Introduction:

We often breeze by this explanation of COVID-19 – it’s a RESPIRATORY illness caused by a RESPIRATORY virus yet we (including US at SmartHER News!) don’t often speak to lung specialists about what is *actually* happening to the body when it confronts this new coronavirus. Dr. Rutland breaks this pattern, sharing his experience as a pulmonologist who also specializes in autoimmune disease. This wide-ranging conversation covers the basics of the coronavirus, bringing us rare insight into a body battling COVID-19 and what we should know a year after the first headlines, answering some of the new questions about double-masking, vaccines and variants. Dr. Rutland reveals what he has learned over the past year – plus he shares with us his route to medicine (including an unexpected diagnosis of ADHD while in medical school) and we meet his family (including his mother!) and learn about his wife’s unexpected medical journey this year with breast cancer. In this candid and truly special conversation, Dr. Rutland will leave you informed, inspired, and so much smarter about the disease at the heart of this historic global pandemic.