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How One Infectious Disease Expert Researches Coronavirus While Treating Patients Who Have It

Joshua Barocas has what he calls a “dad decontamination protocol,” essential for a family man who cannot take his work home from the office: as a physician-scientist working at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (BMC), he both researches the novel coronavirus in the lab and treats patients infected with it in the clinic.

“I have two little kids and a spouse,” says Barocas, an assistant professor at the School of Medicine, whose teaching hospital is BMC. “We have a dad decontamination protocol that involves taking off my shoes before coming in the house. If I’ve been in the hospital, then I take off my clothes before I come into the house and wash up before I do anything active with the family.”