Back In London | Week 4

University

This week was a slow week at university. Lectures were cancelled due to timetabling issues (classic King’s) so I haven’t ended up having any taught hours at all. The only timetabled uni session that went ahead this week was a series of assessed journal club presentations by my peers. Next week is my turn to present!

The paper I am presenting is ‘CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW AND PREDICTORS OF WHITE MATTER LESIONS IN ADULTS WITH TETRALOGY OF FALLOT’.

Corona in London

This Week: Wash your hands!

Travelling around London this week has been like living in a strange social experiment. There has been such a large range of reactions to the novel corona virus. I would say that the vast majority of Londoners has adopted the time-honoured British mantra of “Keep Calm and Carry on”. There have, however, been many people riding the tube with paper face masks, builder’s dust masks, full gas masks and even memes of people with plastic bags and boxes over their heads.

The WHO and government’s recommendations are still that the best prevention to catching Covid-19 is good hand washing. As a medical student, who has literally been assessed on my ability to wash my hands, I do wonder if the general public really understands what good hand hygiene entails.

Perhaps proper hand washing techniques should be taught to children as part of the national curriculum.
This Week: Wash your hands!

One major trend by retailers has been to increase the prices of hand soap and hand sanitiser. The cost of a 4L tub of hand sanitiser has increased in the last few weeks from £15.00 to £95.00 in some wholesalers. This should surely be criminal. Many people appear to be happy to profit from the nations panic-buying of household goods, tinned food and ‘antiviral protective equipment’.

The primary school, at which I teach a weekly after school science club, has also introduced some new corona-inspired policy changes. These include alcohol hand sanitiser dispensers by every door, strict rules on children’s’ hand washing and removing of communal drink fountains. They have also removed all of the carpets from the front of classrooms, where primary school children usually have their lessons and ‘carpet times’. I do understand the school’s need to take action, but some of the policies do seem excessive.  

I would like to again repeat that the most effective protection is GOOD HAND HYGIENE.
This Week: Wash your hands!

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