Alex calls the White House
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Alex calls the White House
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Alex calls the White House and leaves a message about the H1N1 hoax Classic Download it
Swine flu pandemic It feels like a phoney warnDr John Crippen is the pseudonym of an NHS doctor who writes a popular medical blog This is his account of the view from the GPs surgery Dr John Crippen The Guardian Friday 1 May 2009nOh! God now I know it is serious The Health Protection Agency has sent me an algorithm to tell me how to deal with swine flu It arrived today in an email with one of those red exclamation marks at the side An algorithm for those who dont know is a finite sequence of instructions an explicit step-by-step procedure for solving a problem It is very complicated I do not understand it Fortunately the primary care trust has also sent me a red exclamation mark email with instructions I can understand: The main message remains: always use a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes throw away used tissues and regularly wash your handsnI can relate to that Trouble is it makes me giggle I cant get that old jingle from somewhere in early childhood out of my mind Coughs and sneezes spread diseases trap your germs in your handkerchief It has rhythm It is best recited in a Mail train monotone Lovers of Tony Hancock will want to sing it to the tune of Deutschland Deutschland �ber allesnDoctor youre not taking this seriously Actually I am We have all read our way through the mountains of circulars that have arrived We are having a daily practice meeting We have one partner designated to take all the flu-related calls so our advice is consistent Yesterday we had two such calls: a patient just returned from Turkey who had diarrhoea and wondered if it could be flu and an elderly lady wanting advice about her husband who has respiratory problems Should he be started on Tamiflu Simple answer: NonToday so far there have been no calls at all We have 15000 patients and are close to one of the larger airports in England but have not seen a case of flu We have not had a single patient worrying that he or she might have flu It feels like a phoney war We have seen two patients with heart attacks three acute asthmatic attacks and a child who had swallowed an implausibly large piece of Lego Such is general practicenWe met at lunchtime not to talk of heart attacks and Lego but of flu There have been deaths in Mexico There has been one in the US Our Indian partner said: There were 2000 deaths mainly children in Africa and Asia yesterdaynOur medical student looked shocked: I didnt know swine flu had reached that part of the world It hasnt said our partner Im talking of deaths from malaria But that isnt news is itnWe were silent for a while Time to get things in proportion

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