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Don’t panic: five minutes with . . . Kai Zacharowski

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1092 (Published 17 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1092

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The president of the European Society of Anaesthesiology advises doctors on getting through the covid-19 pandemic

“Don’t panic. That’s the most important thing.

“The second thing is hygiene. Keep a distance [from people] of at least a metre and avoid handshaking. Of course, doctors have to look after patients, but if a patient has symptoms, such as flu-like symptoms, it makes sense not to be extremely close to them. And obviously wash your hands and do not touch your face.

“Eventually, probably 60% or 70% of the UK population will be infected—and this will include doctors—but the question is how fast [will they be infected]? We have learnt that quite a large number of people won’t have any symptoms. So if you start testing everyone, you could induce a panic.

“Obviously we would all like …

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