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A Doctor's Diary: I cycled home to a great warm wave of national solidarity

John Duddy


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People shine lights in the windows of their homes in Stoneybatter, Dublin, as part of the Shine Your Light campaign. Photo: Aine McMahon/PA

People shine lights in the windows of their homes in Stoneybatter, Dublin, as part of the Shine Your Light campaign. Photo: Aine McMahon/PA

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People shine lights in the windows of their homes in Stoneybatter, Dublin, as part of the Shine Your Light campaign. Photo: Aine McMahon/PA

I turned up for work at Beaumont Hospital towards the end of last week, taking my usual route to the changing rooms - the ones beside the operating theatre which had been turned into a Covid-19 intensive care unit to prepare for the surge.

I was stopped in my tracks. The doors that had been closed were wide open, the Covid-19 signs were gone and there was not a space suit to be seen.

“Where’s the Covid-19 intensive care unit?” was not a question I thought I’d be asking anytime soon.