Australia has claimed elimination of Covid-19 across locations who spent months locked down over winter. Apparently lockdown has been a highly effective disease control strategy. There are jubilant scenes as people leave their houses and reclaim their freedoms. It is pandemic sacrilege but I am really struggling to buy into the collective belief that viral … More What If …..?
Politicians and the media have become our public health advisors and experts in 2020. This has been incredibly painful to watch. So much so that I have not looked at a newspaper or turned on the television in months. Public health appears to have folded to pressure from ill informed sources instead of following existing … More Fallacies and Fatality Rates
More than 200 respiratory viruses are responsible for what is colloquially called “the common cold”. All of them are seasonal to some degree. Enveloped viruses (so called because they are surrounded by an envelope of lipid) peak in winter because the cold dry air provides an optimal environment for viral transmission. Heat, humidity and possibly … More Pandemic Proportions
At about 23 years old, in the pub one night I announced “politics doesn’t interest me”. A friend replied “when you start nursing you’ll become political because you’ll be concerned for your patients”. This was a true prediction, but what it missed was an equally true unfolding interest in human psychology, not so much from … More Injustice in Health Part I