What is it like to work as a medic during the current Coronavirus epidemic? Here are some of the best UK doctor and medic Twitter accounts we’ve found so far. Keep your finger on the pulse of life on the front line as we pull together by self-isolating for the greater good.
Massively important issue for prevention in NHS staff and Rx for the highest risk patients. N.B. This is a Viewpoint not a clinical trial. https://t.co/jYvXiXeXDX
— Richard Lehman (@RichardLehman1) March 20, 2020
Could antibodies harvested from the blood of recovered patients help to protect key personnel and those particularly at risk from COVID-19 infection? The Journal of Clinical Investigation certainly makes a compelling argument for the use of immunoglobulin-containing serum in the fight against the pandemic.
A retired GP turned “Professor of the Shared Understanding of Medicine”, Richard Lehman is a great source for those seeking a better understanding of developments in the field of medicine.
Thought for the evening-
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
— Dr Kailash Chand OBE (@KailashChandOBE) March 22, 2020
“We stay at work for you; you stay at home for us.” That’s the message from doctors and nurses everywhere. As Dr Kailash Chand OBE says: “This virus has a very big ego, he will not come to your house unless you go out and invite it in.”
Looking for the latest expert advice on the COVID19 epidemic? Dr Chand is your man: “You don’t know [coronavirus] is not in your area. All tests are not being done so we don’t have an accurate idea of how many people or what areas – have truly been affected. One can shed virus for up to 2 weeks before they get sick, remember, you can shed virus for up to 14 days before you show symptoms. Stay calm, wash your hands and stay home.”
Here’s a 5 minute interview on how to survive self isolation. Do you daily CLANGERS (Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give back, Eat well, Relax, Sleep). And have 5 Portions of Fun a day. You might even end up healthier than when you started lockdown.https://t.co/CgdE9dMmAO
— Dr Phil Hammond (@drphilhammond) March 22, 2020
Wondering how to cope with self-isolation? Doctor, comedian and broadcaster, Dr Phil Hammond’s advice is to do your daily CLANGERS. Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give Back, Eat well, Relax, Sleep. In fact, if you get into the right daily habits, says Dr Phil, you can not only survive, but thrive despite the need to distance yourself from others.
“Laughter is the best medicine unless you have syphilis, in which case it’s penicillin”, says Dr Phil. But as well as laughter, he offers a wealth of up to the minute advice and information for anyone looking for clarity about the best ways to cope with the virus outbreak.
— Dr Ben White (@drbenwhite) March 13, 2020
It’s not necessarily about you, but about the elderly and those with underlying health issues. That’s the very clear message from Dr Ben White. Accepting the limitations posed by social isolation means you’re less likely to catch COVID19 and less likely to pass it on.
Remember, says Dr White, “Each time you go to an unnecessary social gathering you are increasing risk and danger for everyone.” Let’s flatten the curve, people.
i you want some light relief, the hashtag from yesterday #AwfullyBritishMumSayings made me smile and many of them ring so true e..g “turn off the lights its like blackpool illuminations in here”
Although i reckon “you could have someone’s eye out with that” is a dad saying
— david oliver (@mancunianmedic) March 23, 2020
“If you fall off and break your leg, don’t come running to me.” For some respite from the 24/7 news cycle, checkout the hashtag, AwfullyBritishMumSayings, says Dr David Oliver. It won’t put COVID19 back in its cage, but at least it’ll make you smile.
A hospital doctor with 30 years under his belt, David Oliver is among other things, a freelance columnist for the BMJ, a researcher, speaker, and teacher. His tweets and retweets bring you the broad spectrum of medical news and opinion, plus the occasional funny comment to cheer you up.
The high risk 1.5 million will still have healthcare needs and this is going to place huge pressures on GPs – many more home visits, with substandard PPE. This means those at low risk with non-urgent health problems are going to have to be patient with us #COVID19 #StayAtHome
— Dr Alex Gates (@dr_alex_gates) March 22, 2020
A timely reminder from Dr Alex Gates that GP surgeries are also feeling the pressure. If you don’t really need to see a GP, don’t waste their time; if you do need to see a GP, please be patient. Dr Alex Gates’ Twitter account is a great place to pause for a GP’s-eye-view of the crisis.
Have you noticed how the coronavirus brings the best out in some people? Alex tweets: “I have just passed an elderly man wiping down a pedestrian crossing and then not even using it.” Whoever that kind soul was, we hope he’s safe and self-isolating.
— Christopher Button (@Christo25288316) March 22, 2020
How about this for a brilliant recap on how to deal with COVID19? “STAY AT HOME!” Christopher Button is an NHS nurse and author of The Secret Diary of a Student Nurse. If you want to know what it’s really like to train as a nurse, Christopher is your man – as one reviewer writes: “A relatable, funny and sometimes a little heartbreaking look into the world of a student nurse.”
Look after your mental health, Christopher reminds us: “Keep in touch with your friends, check in on vulnerable people; you might just make a difference.” This is a heartfelt and informative Twitter account.
It’s Podcast launch day, check out our first 6 episodes, including chats with @GarethPresch from #WHIS, @thethirdeyedoc, Steve Bennett from @theprimalcure, @KarlMNDHealth, and Mark Bryant from @EnergiseAcademyhttps://t.co/tsgdOc2h8q pic.twitter.com/PYuU502716
— Dr. Shan Hussain (@DrShanHussain) December 5, 2018
As we contemplate weeks or months of social distancing, let’s spare a thought for the doctors who will have to make many life and death decisions during the outbreak. Medics suffer burnout too, as you’ll discover when you listen to Dr Shan Hussain’s excellent podcast interview with Amandip Sidhu, founder of Doctors in Distress, whose cardiologist brother took his own life.
Dr Hussain is a GP and best-selling author of The Big Prescription: Balancing the Three Principles of Enduring Health. An advocate for evidence-based natural approaches to promoting and restoring health, Shan is a passionate supporter of NHS frontline services and his Twitter account is well worth a look.
Enjoying the blasé replies from people saying they’re still socialising, or I’m over-worrying, or they’re still allowed to, or it’s not house arrest. Your tweets will have aged VERY BADLY in a fortnight. Much like your “It’s just the flu” ones from a few weeks back already have.
— Adam Kay (@amateuradam) March 19, 2020
It’s a sobering message from Adam Kay, medic and comedian but one that, sadly, many of us still need to heed. The advice is clear: Stay at home, stay at home, stay at home. There is no funny side to this virus; even if you are young, fit and healthy, you can still spread the disease, and you can still become very ill.
For some levity in tough times, why not check out Adam’s best-selling book, This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor: “97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.” And that’s under normal circumstances. Adam Kay’s book is very funny, full of pathos, and it’ll give you a Junior Doctor’s eye-view of the medical front line.
#HowToArgueWithARacist Feb 2020.
Science, history, race, reality. It’s a weapon to arm yourself against terrible arguments and the abuse of science to justify bigotry, as per the state of my mentions:
— Dr Adam Rutherford (@AdamRutherford) November 17, 2019
If you’re concerned by the increase in racist abuse during the coronavirus outbreak, Dr Adam Rutherford’s best selling book is guaranteed to give you all the ammunition you need to intellectually annihilate any racists you’re unlucky enough to encounter.
“A fascinating debunking of racial pseudoscience . . . engaging and enlightening . . . equip[s] the reader with the scientific tools necessary to tackle questions concerning race, genes and ancestry,” says the Guardian. A geneticist, doctor, science writer and broadcaster, Dr Adam Rutherford offers an excellent source of wit and scientific clarity.
We hope our rundown of some of the best medics’ Twitter accounts gives you plenty of excellent sources to turn to for reliable expert information, plus some insight, and some lighter notes to keep your spirits up. If there’s a fantastic medic’s account you think we missed, leave a comment or drop us a line on Twitter – we always love to hear from you.