In February 2020, Sanjeev was very concerned for his ENT colleagues, who were becomingly highly exposed to Covid. My wife is a dentist, and I too was now worried for my wife and the risks of the ‘Covid aerosol’ produced in dental surgeries.
We started discussing the prospect of a pandemic with our colleagues and friends. We were in daily contact with our colleagues in Italy and the Far East. To be told in late February by an Italian surgeon to always wear a mask was an incredible shock!
We both believed that our country was still in a position to prevent the ensuing terrible personal and financial disaster and clinical outcomes, which were ravaging Italy, Iran and Spain.
We also acknowledged the remarkable achievements of Healthcare workers and scientists in China, South Korea and Taiwan.
We then contacted some of the most senior UK doctors to help us define this approach, Within 48 hours, with the encouragement and support of several professors of medicine, we wrote our protocol (hyperlink to protocol), which was sent directly to the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary.
The UK suddenly went from a nation, which socialised to a ‘sudden lockdown’. We all were gripped by fear, isolation, and the unknowing. There appeared no solution.
Our first webinar ‘ Covid Ready ’ with David Nabarro, Steven Isserlis and Nick Hytner provides the contrast of David Nabarro’s advice on how we should prepare to live with the Virus, with the incredible challenges, which now face all Performing Arts.
We are extremely grateful to Professor Stafford, Sir Sararatnam Arulkumaran, and Professor Peter Barnes, Professor Gordon Stamp, and Professor Karol Sikora for their ongoing support and guidance. We also are fortunate to be supported by Luke Harding, Stephen Colegrave and Martin Halle. Politicians on both sides of the house took up our protocol.
Sapien Care has been launched as a platform for debate so that all of us can have a clear view of the challenges ahead for medicine and society.
Nick and Sanjeev.