I’m a Sudanese-born doctor fighting America’s war against the coronavirus.

By Dr. Tarig Elhakim | THE HILL| Africans in America

When I won the diversity lottery and emigrated to America in 2016 from my native Sudan, I never imagined I’d be one of America’s health care soldiers fighting against a global pandemic. Nowadays it is required for me to have my temperature checked every time I walk into the Miami hospital where I work. When the thermometer comes out, my heart starts racing as I hope for a reading of less than 100. It’s an experience I share with other health care workers in my institution, many of whom are immigrants or first-generation Americans.

Working beside them in this crisis has shown me just how vital these foreign-born doctors and health care workers are to keeping our community — and communities across the nation — healthy and safe.

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