Ten days ago, I was asked to see a patient.
I'm a respiratory specialist in an intensive-care unit at a hospital in London, so it wasn't surprising that the patient needed a ventilator.
It seemed fairly typical.
But the patient turned out to have the coronavirus — our hospital's first case and one of nearly 2,000 people who have so far tested positive in Britain.
I hadn't worn a mask.
Soon I developed a cough.
Though I experienced neither fever nor breathlessness,
I was told to self-isolate for 14 days.
That's where I am now, in self-isolation.
And I'm not the only one from my hospital.
After just one patient with Covid-19, a quarter of our junior staff are off with coughs and sniffles we would normally work through.
A single case of the coronavirus has wreaked havoc in our hospital.
When seconds count the cops are just minutes away !