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 likes of which we never imagined in our fight against COVID19 – a foe that we never saw coming.
The same decisions and discussions are happening across the globe, an admixture of nervousness and fear. At RLH the ITU bed capacity is increasing to 150 beds, with plans to convert the top two floors to add a further 170 beds.
Health care workers are self-isolating where possible (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/medical-workers-self-isolate-home-fears-coronavirus). In China, 41% of all cases were secondary to hospital-based transmissions. Lock down is expected to last until the end of May or June 2020.
It is now too late to reconsider our mistakes or even muster a certain level of anger at our leaders. I have read the phrase scaremongering, fake news, lies told by countries in scientific forums and the popular press; a form of sensationalizing in its own right. It is good to remember that “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” – Flannery O’Connor.
This is most definitely War.