COVID-19: Emory on the Front Lines

Meet some of Emory’s real-life heroes—alumni, faculty, staff, and students—who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic in myriad ways. They’re battling the disease directly in emergency rooms and intensive care units. Spreading truth (not myths) in the national media. Converting business operations to provide much-needed supplies. And sparking some hope in their local communities.

A slideshow of several portraits of Emory's COVID fighters

An E.R. Doctor's Personal Sacrifices

Despite having to keep isolated from his family — including a newborn daughter — Emory emergency physician Justin Schrager soldiers on to treat COVID-19 patients and flatten the curve.

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Portrait of Schrager in hospital scrubs

Voice of Truth and Reason

Find out how alumna Colleen Kraft, one of Emory’s leading infectious disease experts, has become a national media favorite for elevating science and cutting through the noise about COVID-19.

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Environmental portrait of Colleen Kraft

Room to Breathe

Nurse anesthetist Donté Flanagan has answered the call for experts to intubate and ventilate COVID-19 patients in New Orleans.

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Portrait of Donte Flanagan, outdoors, with a stethoscope around his neck

Distilling Hope in Hawaii

Emory alumnus Robert Dawson has converted his farm-to-table rum distillery to make hand sanitizer, helping fill the gap for this much in-demand resource for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

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Photo of Dawson with a wooden barrel

A Nurse Going Above and Beyond

Alumna Kayla Lindros not only takes care of coronavirus patients in the emergency room, but also she's played a key role in ramping up drive-through testing in Atlanta.

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Photo of Kayla Lindros in blue Hospital scubas and full protective equipment including mask and face shield

Flipping the Switch to Remote Learning

Staff member Sara Jackson Wade rose to the occasion to help Emory College of Arts and Sciences faculty transition to teaching more than 6,000 undergraduates online.

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Portrait of Sara Jackson Wade in her office.

Student Leaders Help Sort the Volunteer Response

A dynamic duo of future epidemiologists from Rollins get hands-on experience in dealing with a major public health emergency.

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Side-by-side portraits of Katelin Reishus 21MPH and Paige Harton 21MPH
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