Limits to compassion

I, like many other New Zealanders, was pretty unhappy to hear yesterday about two new cases of COVID-19 in the country. It is expected that we will import cases as Kiwis return home, and people are granted special exemptions to come into the country. But it certainly isn’t expected that those people will get toContinue reading “Limits to compassion”

A breath of fresh air

On March 22nd I wrote my first COVID-19 post, the day after Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand was on Level 2 Alert and the third day after the New Zealand borders were closed, on March 20th (after people entering being required to self quarantine from March 16th). On March 23rd it was announced that NewContinue reading “A breath of fresh air”

Musical variations & vaccines

I found the above musical depiction of the spike protein of 2019-nCoV (the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease) strangely fascinating (click the link to hear it, you don’t need to listen for too long to ‘get the picture’). Who would have thought that one might turn a protein into a sound image? How did theyContinue reading “Musical variations & vaccines”

Testing times

Menace from Tonga is another friend who hangs out in our bubble. Her name derives from that of Chris’s sister Ximena, which is of Mexican origin and is pronounced approximately like Hee-menna (no offence intended Ximena, honest). Menace is really nice once you get to know her, though her outward appearance can be a littleContinue reading “Testing times”