Local musician and doctor bond over viral duet

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Sean Tiwanak is no stranger to adversity. He’s suffered from a viral infection in his chest leading to heart failure for over 15 years.

The local musician put his music career on pause to travel to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to pray for a heart transplant.

“One week ago, I was on a flat end bed on a balloon pump,” said Sean Tiwanak a heart transplant patient. “That’s one of the two sickest categories of patients and it could’ve taken months to get a heart.”

COVID-19 also forced Tiwanak to endure this journey alone.

“You don’t get visitors and it gets lonely and it gets hard. I think that’s where the health care professionals have really stepped forward to really help their patients and reach across the bed rail, so to speak,” Tiwanak said.

One of those health care professionals is Dr. Lily Stern.

“On my nighttime rounds,

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Looking after your health these days feels like a health hazard.

“The bottom line is everything has risk and it’s not the time for anyone to be letting their guard down,” said Anne Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at UCLA and an expert on infectious diseases.

She knows the danger of COVID-19 as well as anyone. In her own case, she’s in no hurry to schedule routine medical exams.

“Unless it’s really important, I’m putting things off,” Rimoin told me.

I reached out to a number of public health experts. The consensus was that if there’s anything wrong with your health, or if you think something may be wrong, don’t hesitate to seek treatment.

When it comes to routine healthcare appointments, however, the only consensus is there’s no consensus.

Some, like Rimoin, say it’s probably smart to err on the side of caution and postpone appointments. Others say you should

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