Category Archives: Medicine

On the surveillance society

HOW is it that we live in a world that is awash with our personal information, where most of us would be shocked if we knew exactly how much we give away about ourselves each day – and yet, when a crisis came along in which that information could have made all the difference, it didn’t…?

Illustration by Paul Tansley for The Observer

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 21 May 2021. To continue reading, click here.

Brace for the surge

IS there one pandemic, or two? That was a question being asked a year ago, when wealthy countries accounting for only 15% of the global population had 80% of the Covid deaths. Could it be that the rich world was more vulnerable, somehow, because its populations were older, or more individualistic, or had forgotten to be scared of infectious disease…?

Covid relief, India

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 27 April 2021. To continue reading, click here.

 

Memorialising Covid

JUST over two years ago, my friend Janet came over to commiserate with my husband, whose leg was in plaster after a road accident. We immediately noticed a change in her. This sharp, funny woman in her mid-60s, who had nothing good to say about men (with the exception of her three beloved sons, whom she had raised almost single-handedly) had softened…

Artist’s impression for World Memorial to the Pandemic in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photograph: GómezPlatero

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 18 March 2021. To continue reading, click here.