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The Pandemic Diaries

Stephanie Sutton, Editor of The Medicine Maker and “a curator” on The COVID-19 Curator

At the start of 2020, I was naïve about what COVID-19 really meant. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about a pandemic. Back in 2005/2006, there were fears about H5N1 and significant media attention, but the pandemic (thankfully) never materialized.

And then in 2009 came swine flu. I remember reporting on the deaths and cases in a weekly newsletter that I was responsible for at the time. The numbers were high, but the situation never felt out of control. A bottle of communal hand sanitizer appeared in the office – but most people didn’t use it.

When COVID-19 began to appear in headlines, I wrongly assumed it was another flu we’d weather through. I even reassured family and friends, explaining that it was highly unlikely to be as terrifying as the media was hyping it up as. I was completely wrong. Even people directly involved in the pharma industry did not appreciate the severity of COVID-19 in January. One anonymous individual I spoke with explained that someone had mentioned COVID-19 at a briefing in January – not because they felt it was dangerous, but just as a “point of interest”.

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About the Authors

Stephanie Sutton

Making great scientific magazines isn’t just about delivering knowledge and high quality content; it’s also about packaging these in the right words to ensure that someone is truly inspired by a topic. My passion is ensuring that our authors’ expertise is presented as a seamless and enjoyable reading experience, whether in print, in digital or on social media. I’ve spent seven years writing and editing features for scientific and manufacturing publications, and in making this content engaging and accessible without sacrificing its scientific integrity. There is nothing better than a magazine with great content that feels great to read.

Rich Whitworth

Rich Whitworth completed his studies in medical biochemistry at the University of Leicester, UK, in 1998. To cut a long story short, he escaped to Tokyo to spend five years working for the largest English language publisher in Japan. "Carving out a career in the megalopolis that is Tokyo changed my outlook forever. When seeing life through such a kaleidoscopic lens, it's hard not to get truly caught up in the moment." On returning to the UK, after a few false starts with grey, corporate publishers, Rich was snapped up by Texere Publishing, where he spearheaded the editorial development of The Analytical Scientist. "I feel honored to be part of the close-knit team that forged The Analytical Scientist – we've created a very fresh and forward-thinking publication." Rich is now also Content Director of Texere Publishing, the company behind The Analytical Scientist.

Michael Schubert

Editor, The Pathologist

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