No cure for this pandemic

A perfect case in point is a disease which, though common throughout the globe, has until now defied codification.Its onset is quite sudden, with the patient in stage I experiencing asphyxia, fatigue and confusion, the last often being associated with bouts of tearfulness. Beyond this initial, prodromal phase, a sustained period of aphasia, apraxia and ataxia — together with both urinary and faecal incontinence — is universally experienced as a kind of devolutionary stage II. 

This is usually followed by an extended period of remission — often lasting as long as a decade — during which the patient is able to lead a more or less normal existence.

But the disease is a cruel one and, just as the patient and the family have allowed themselves to be lulled into a false sense of security, it enters stage III, consisting of hirsutism, dysphonia in males, skin eruptions and labile emotional states, with periods of depersonalisation and