COVID-19: One Year Later

March 31, 2021

"Sickness has been my world over recent weeks."

"We are now living day to day, sometimes hour to hour, or minute to minute."

"I felt uncertain and afraid - afraid for my own family, afraid for all of us, and afraid for our patients."

"My stories are endless and some of my wounds are still too fresh to share."

-From reflections on COVID-19, published March-June 2020

Just over one year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic arrived at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. On March 13, 2020, the first pregnant patient in the NYP/CUIMC system tested positive for COVID-19. Providers, patients, and staff together faced a harrowing and uncertain journey battling against an illness about which little was known; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) became an invaluable resource. Elective procedures were temporarily halted, and never-before-seen measures enacted in the struggle to limit the spread of the disease.

During this difficult and frightening time, resilience, courage, teamwork, and innovation triumphed. As providers and staff put themselves at risk to continue to care for patients, they simultaneously compiled resources, data, strategies, and reflections to share the knowledge and experiences they were gaining while fighting COVID-19.

One year later, as the fight against COVID-19 continues at our hospital and hospitals across the world, and as light emerges at the end of the tunnel with vaccination numbers rising, we share a compendium of these resources.

Frontline Report: COVID-19 and Women's Health

Published in August 2020, our frontline report provides a compendium of experiences and lessons learned during the first two months of the pandemic in New York City. This resource is intended to keep providers, staff, and patients safe with valuable insights to better tackle surges of COVID-19 as they arise. Read here.

COVID-19 Dispatches

For the first several months of the pandemic, we shared regular updates from members of our team detailing their experiences and reflections on the pandemic and what it meant for them, their patients, and those around them. Read more.

Published Research

COVID-19 Pregnancy and Fertility Research

Telehealth Innovations During COVID-19

COVID-19 and Gynecologic Oncology

COVID-19 and Benign Gynecology

Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomics in COVID-19

Innovations in COVID-19 Testing

Best Practices During COVID-19

COVID-19 Outcomes and Impacts

COVID-19 and Family Planning

COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

In this webinar from March 2020, pregnancy and fertility experts from Columbia Ob/Gyn discuss the risks and benefits associated with the COVID-19 vaccine, for people who are pregnant and trying to become pregnant. Watch here.