Mark Rutte Patronizes The Dutch Dental Profession

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ll give Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte the benefit of the doubt. Here is a man under pressure because his entire liberal, easy-going vision of the world is being deep-frozen by a virus that’s even smaller than the smallest of viruses. In answer to a question on whether dentists could open their practices, Rutte patronizingly […]

Our Biggest Weakness Is To Think We Are Invincible

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Weakness, is thinking of oneself as invincible. – Roberto Saviano   Exactly one month ago, I started cancelling appointments at my dental practice, following advice from the Dutch dental association to only treat acute emergencies, and avoid patients who have been tested positive for the coronavirus or who present symptoms, like the plague. We are […]

Safe New World

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Reading Time: 2 minutes My son entered the room, sanitized his hands, rinsed his mouth with chlorhexidine, and jumped on the bed to kiss his mother. It was a safe new world.     The vacuum-sealed wardrobe opened when the alarm clock struck seven. It was Tuesday – time to wear the blue three-piece suit with the green tie. […]

Macron’s COVID-19 Advisor Underestimated Pandemic

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I watched last Wednesday’s French news bulletin with a quiet bewilderment that bordered on incomprehension. The head of the governmental scientific committee, and advisor to president Macron over the COVID-19 pandemic, publicly admitted that he (and others) had underestimated the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. Jean-François Delfraissy, immunologist and chairman of the coronavirus scientific committee, […]

When The Face Mask Goes Viral

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are winners and losers in every walk of life, and a viral epidemic is no exception. The ongoing spread of the coronavirus has led to the tripling of the price of a face mask. Whereas a month ago, a box of 50 surgical face masks cost me less than 5 euros, I’m now having […]