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A blog about germs, immunity and vaccines

The Covid-19 pandemic is an overwhelming occurrence in our lives. Its impact is unprecedented in my lifetime – excepting perhaps the Second World War when I was too young to take in what was happening. As a medical scientist, one who specialises in infectious diseases, I am struggling to come to grips with the enormity of what is happening right now.  From a scientific perspective, there is so much information to process and so many unknowns. Trying to get to the heart of this complexity is a daunting challenge. Yet, science is inescapably central to the way forward in this global crisis. This blog aims to try and capture a scientific perspective that strikes a middle way between esoteric scientific articles and the over-simplified information gleaned from the media.  I am in touch with so many curious and well-informed people who are eager to probe and discuss the impact of infections, most especially right now Covid-19.  But infections in general still account for about half the deaths each year on our planet. For sure, something to blog about.     

Note from the author:

I am taking a short break from writing the new blog for the time being to focus on writing my upcoming book Brain Fever. There will be more information forthcoming in September/October time. All previous blogs can still be downloaded from the Archive page. Please put your questions, comments and perspectives on the blog discussion at the bottom of the blog page, or via the Contact page.        

“ …..science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Isaac Asimov

Only when we regard science as an indispensable part of the education of all our citizens can we relate to the universe around us and acquire the intellectual framework for the development of our civilisation.” James Watson

Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  Marie Curie

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