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The burning building

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 19 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1101
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
  1. The BMJ

With the covid-19 pandemic, we have entered extraordinary times, when some things are known but many more are not and where decisions must be made nonetheless.

The UK government’s recent actions (doi:10.1136/bmj.m1089) bring the country more in line with its European neighbours. Public health has now been prioritised over the economy. The change of heart seems to have been in response both to international criticism of its earlier laissez faire approach and to a new modelling study suggesting that the NHS would not cope unless more was done to curb the spread of the virus. Publication of this study means that we at last have some of the evidence on …

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