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April 2020

Covid-19 [4] The NHS

I may seem like a bitter old git, but I have serious reservations about all the praise for NHS workers. I see how people are clapping and join them unreservedly in praising how front-line NHS workers are going to work every day facing fears and genuinely risking their lives to save patients in the present Covid-19 crisis. It is what the NHS and the wonderful people in it signed up for, are committed to, and execute with kindness and empathy.
I’ve been a consultant neurosurgeon for 34 years in the NHS and have had the privilege of working beside the finest nurses, porters and ground staff any system could offer.

Covid-19 [4]

Virology half-understood, pseudoscience and and maybe a little hope:
Coronaviruses are interesting. They have the biggest genome of any RNA viruses in their nucleocapsid (the envelope with the RNA in). There are three proteins – S- or spike protein which makes up the spikey part on the outside, M protein which makes up the outer membrane and N protein which encloses the nucleocapsid inside.

The virus spreads in two ways. It can force replication of its own RNA and the new virus particles exit the cell emerging into the extracellular space to infect other cells.