What followed was a year of unprecedented challenge and scrutiny. Jahangir, who immigrated to the US from Iran at age six, grew up in Nashville. He thought he knew the city well. But the pandemic laid bare ethnic, racial, and cultural tensions that daily threatened to derail what should have been a collective effort to keep fellow residents healthy and safe.
Hot Spot is Jahangir’s narrative during the first year of COVID, derived from his op notes (the journal-like entries surgeons often keep following operations) and expanded to include his personal reflections and a glimpse into the inner sanctums of city and state governance in crisis.
Surge One: March 8, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Surge Two: June 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
Surge Three: October 1, 2020 – March 7, 2021
Epilogue: Surge Four