Category Archives: Medicine

The coronavirus slayer!

ON 20 January, KK Shailaja phoned one of her medically trained deputies. She had read online about a dangerous new virus spreading in China. “Will it come to us?” she asked. “Definitely, Madam,” he replied. And so the health minister of the Indian state of Kerala began her preparations…

KK Shailaja, aka Shailaja Teacher, Kerala’s health minister

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 14 May 2020. To continue reading, click here.

 

Coronavirus: on protecting the vulnerable

PANDEMICS force societies to take a hard look at themselves. With many countries beginning to lift lockdown, we’ve arrived at another one of those mirror moments: whether we experience a second wave of coronavirus infections depends in large part on the health status of some of the most vulnerable groups in society…

Vial migrant camp, Chios, Greece. Photo credit: Apostolos Veizis.

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 3 May 2020. To continue reading, click here.

 

Interview: Christian Drosten

CHRISTIAN Drosten, who directs the Institute of Virology at the Charité Hospital in Berlin, was one of those who identified the Sars virus in 2003. As the head of the German public health institute’s reference lab on coronaviruses, he has become the government’s go-to expert on the related virus causing the current pandemic…

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 26 April 2020. To continue reading, click here.