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Phil Whitaker is a GP and the New Statesman’s medical editor. His books include Chicken Unga Fever: Stories from the Medical Frontline (Salt)
No one gives a second thought to the dangers of driving to a vaccination centre, yet that is a far more significant risk than blood clots.
Why Boris Johnson’s insistence that the UK’s unlocking is “irreversible” is a risky one.
Measures such as testing, masks and social distancing cannot keep individuals “safe”; they simply dampen Covid-19 rates by interrupting some chains of transmission.
Headaches provoked by sex affect about 1 per cent of people at some time. But, fortunately, the problem disappears as mysteriously as it arrives.
None of us GPs and nurses have been thanked so often and so fulsomely.
As the death toll has risen inexorably, I have become increasingly disturbed by the caveats – age, and “underlying health conditions” – that are routinely applied.
The race to provide Covid-19 protection is on, but halting. The vulnerable will need to maintain their guard for a good while yet.
In July, scientific advisers warned of the potential for a significant coronavirus variant to occur in the winter. But instead of preparing for the worst, the government created the ideal conditions for the virus to mutate – and thrive.
The New Statesman’s medical columnist describes his experiences as a GP in the face of Covid-19, as a rumour grew to a distant threat and then to the remarkable challenge of a global pandemic
My mentor, Peter Tate, dedicated his career to changing the poor culture of communication in medicine in the 1970s.