ArchiveMarch 2020

COVID19 reality bites

Hats off to our Italian colleagues – I can only imagine what each day has brought into your lives. Last weekend, I held the notorious position as the last Consultant Neurologist on-call for Barts Health, one of the largest NHS Trusts England with 1,255 A&E patient attendances per day. Monday onward, every able bodied member of staff has been redeployed to a major incident rota, the...

COVID Keep your distance after some one near your recovers

At the moment you are being told to hiberate for 7-14 days with suspected issues, but this work is just to warm you that people may have virus for a few days after they seem to be recovering, so maintain your social distancing. People shed virus for a variable amount of time. I haven’t got time to do a full post. Obviously this data was from moderately ill people and people with milder...

#MSCOVID19: so what is a safe lymphocyte count?

What is a safe lymphocyte count; 500, 800 or 1000/mm3? In your peripheral blood, you have circulating leukocytes or white blood cells which help fight infections. When you get your blood results back you often get told your total white cell count or WCC. However, the WCC is a composite and includes different populations of cells. The white cells can be divided into the lymphocyte and non...

DrAngry. The Angry Mask

DrAngry is the inventive type and with his pom-pom fanclub has come up with a new line for ProfG and the Guys and Gals at BartsHealth, to help ensure they have protective gear. As you can see the Mickey Mouse is offset by the natty protective eyewear. If you are going to go down to this virus, DrA says you may as well be stylish. It no doubt carefully hides the panty liner, Do-It-Yourself HEPA...

COVID Breakfast “Under starters Orders” and “we’re Off”

If you have every listened to Horse Race Commentary you will get this A couple of weeks ago when I looked at the COVID stuff there were 500 papers, a week later and we have 1400. Where are the MS papers? There are loads of scientists with time on their hands and so why not write a covid19 paper, reviewed in a week, online in less than two, and if you hit it big and get their first a few thousand...

Crip Camp: the Obamas documentary on disability

By Rachel Horne I know this blog has lately been filled with updates on COVID-19 and MS – and rightly so. However, if you are at home – and looking for something hopeful to watch during these overwhelming times – try this new award-winning documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution – which was executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. The documentary focuses on...

ECTRIMS SPEAKS

Last week I wrote to ECTRIMS to suggest that they email their neurologist list to suggest they use a common Twitter hashtag. Is this the response?Dear colleaguesThe global spread of COVID-19 has had a deep impact on our daily tasks and we are currently experiencing a challenging time in terms of the treatment of our patients with MS as well as other autoimmune diseases. The current circumstances...

Live or let die – #MSCOVID19 decision-making

Although the following story is fiction a variation of it is playing out in many hospitals across the world right now. Can you help Dubs make a decision? COVID-19 is pushing us to places we don’t want to go, but we have to prepare for the inevitable. Dr Claire Dubois or Dubs as her friends preferred to call her was exhausted. She had been working for 14 hours with only short breaks to feed...

Clinical Features of Children

Clinical Characteristics of Children with Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Hubei, China.Zheng F, Liao C, Fan QH, Chen HB, Zhao XG, Xie ZG, Li XL, Chen CX, Lu XX, Liu ZS, Lu W, Chen CB, Jiao R, Zhang AM, Wang JT, Ding XW, Zeng YG, Cheng LP, Huang QF, Wu J, Luo XC, Wang ZJ, Zhong YY, Bai Y, Wu XY, Jin RM.Curr Med Sci. 2020 Mar 24. doi: 10.1007/s11596-020-2172-6. [Epub ahead of print]. I know...

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