A Guide to COVID-19 for Health Care Professionals
No-one can deny the whirlwind of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has revolutionised so much of our professional and personal world. The general media has, of course, been at the forefront of disseminating information, but many in the clinical and scientific sphere regard many of their messages as unhelpful, incorrect and (in the worse cases) scare-mongering.
Although many books are available on this topic, none have provided an objective and thoroughly scientific approach to the subject. This book provides that measured and rational explanation of the pandemic and its effects, based on hard published clinical research.
A full understanding of SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes (COVID-19) demands knowledge of the history of infectious diseases, and of immunology and virology, which are the subject of early chapters of the book. Subsequent chapters look at the development and spread of the pandemic from China to the UK, followed by the diagnosis and management of COVID-19 in the UK. Closing chapters consider vaccination, variants, long-COVID, and the legacy of the pandemic for the NHS.
The book, summarising the first two years of COVID-19, has been written as a valuable resource for a broad range of health care workers, both in clinical practice (nurses, scientists, pharmacists) but also for administrators and other professional groups. It will also be useful tool for Lecturers in Higher and Further Education, such as in undergraduate courses or in professional development.
Dr Andrew Blann, PhD, FRCPath, FIBMS, FRCP (Ed), is an experienced Consultant Clinical Scientist whose 40 years of clinical and laboratory practice included manging cardiovascular disease, immunology and haematology. His publications include over 500 research papers and reviews, and six textbooks in pathology and statistics. He is Deputy Editor of the British Journal of Biomedical Science and visiting Reader in Biomedical Science at Huddersfield University, UK.
Dr Rebekka Heitmar, PhD, Dipl.Ing.(FH), AO, PGCert PP, Prof Cert Med Ret, MCOptom, is a German-trained ophthalmic optics engineer and optometrist. Her research is focused on exploring the use of multimodal retinal imaging and its links with blood markers in ocular and systemic disease. In 2020, she received the Neil Charman Medal from the College of Optometrists for her “Cross-disciplinary approach to ocular haemodynamics and a commitment to dissemination beyond the field of optometry”. She is a Reader in Optometry and Vision Sciences at Huddersfield University, UK.
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