The Lancet Editor’s Wild Ride Through the Coronavirus Pandemic
by Sam Knight/NewYorker.com
On January 24th, four days after President Xi Jinping made his first public statement about the coronavirus, The Lancet, a British medical journal that has been printed weekly since 1823, published a clinical account of forty-one patients who had been infected in Wuhan. The seven-page paper, which had twenty-nine co-authors and was funded by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, listed the symptoms of covid-19 that the world now knows by heart. In clear, urgent terms, the paper described how twelve of the patients developed acute-respiratory-distress syndrome and how thirteen required treatment in intensive care. It spoke of cytokine storms—dangerous overreactions of the immune system—and suggested a worryingly high mortality rate. Six of the patients in the study died.
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.