The Scourge of Racism

June 2020 Pulse On 25 May, police in the city of Minneapolis arrested George Floyd, 46, for allegedly using counterfeit money to purchase a packet of cigarettes. During the arrest, officer Derek Chavin, 44, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, despite the suspect’s...

The Great Equaliser?

June 2020 Pulse On March 31, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, described Covid-19 as ‘the great equaliser’. There is a sense in which Cuomo was right: the coronavirus is no respecter of persons and has in its wake afflicted healthcare professionals, a member of...

Ethics and the Pandemic Triage

May 2020 Pulse One of the greatest challenges that doctors and healthcare professionals face in the situation of a widespread virus outbreak like the current Covid-19 pandemic has to do with decisions they have to make on a daily basis concerning which patients should...

Lament and Hope

May 2020 Pulse Our world is shrouded in darkness. Since December last year, a silent, deadly and invisible enemy has been ravaging it, disrupting society, destroying lives, and plunging everything into chaos. Epidemiologists, scientists and doctors scramble to find a...

Faith or Folly?

April 2020 Pulse During the earlier period of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in South Korea, many of the infected were traced to a mysterious organisation which has hitherto been off the radar of the authorities, despite its huge following of 245,000. The full...

Faith and Pestilence

April 2020 Pulse On 31 December 2019, Wuhan, the largest metropolitan region in China’s Hubei province reported an outbreak of cases of people who have become ill with an inexplicable respiratory infection (‘pneumonia of unknown aetiology’). Sequencing reveals that...