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Phil Whitaker is a GP and writes the New Statesman’s “Health Matters” column. His books include Chicken Unga Fever: Stories from the Medical Frontline (Salt)
The UK is set to obtain sufficient quantities to begin immunising the 20 million most vulnerable people before the end of the year, but there are logistical problems ahead.
We work through the different categories of pathology - infection, malignancy, metabolic ect, - that underlie all disease.
I groaned inwardly when the results of Jeremy's MRI scan came through: a couple of “indeterminate” areas. Not the definitive all clear I’d hoped for.
At this stage, the duration of the condition is as uncertain as what underlies it.
One of my patients came to realise the extent to which his emotional life was affecting his body.
A study found around 100 symptoms the virus may cause, but only a dozen or so are widely recognised. At this stage, we're not ruling anything out.
Young people may be cavalier about coronavirus, but long Covid, a chronic, ongoing form of the disease, doesn't discriminate by age.
Why "the science" should not be blamed for U-turns and a woeful communications strategy.
Inflicting a defective vaccine on millions would damage the immunisation campaign, and gift ammunition to anti-vaxxers.
Boris Johnson needs someone to blame for his Covid-19 failures, but scrapping the seven-year-old organisation is not a solution.