I am an Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology physician. We were at the frontline of the battle of COVID-19 soon after the first case in Turkey, that was officially declared on 11 March 2020. Rick Penciner was a physician in Toronto during the SARS outbreak, and I was an intern when I read his text ‘I am a SARS physician’ (1). I all kept his advice on my mind, as the most significant one skipping the physical examination or not shaking the hands of the patients during that ‘twilight zone’. Before COVID-19, I have to admit that I had no habit of wearing facemasks before the oropharyngeal examination of my patients. However, right after the alarm, we had strictly followed the directives and used personal protective equipment in our hospital.