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The burning building

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 19 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1101

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Re: The burning building: recruiting recovered Covid-19 patients to the frontline

Dear Editor
Indeed, these are extra ordinary times that demand imaginative responses. People who have recovered from COVID-19 and are no longer at risk of passing the infection on are potentially an invaluable asset. We should issue them with a certificate indicating this. These people will almost certainly be largely if not wholly immune to a second infection this year. They could be in the frontline in many places, not just in healthcare and nursing home care but also in supermarkets, factories et cetera. With their explicit and informed permission they could be on a register of people willing to be called on for employment purposes as required. They would be much in demand and would have a chance to earn income at a time when they may be in hardship. They would be able to turn their disease into an asset for themselves and our society.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 March 2020
raj bhopal
Emeritus Professor of Public Health
Usher Institute, The University of Edinburgh
Teviot Place, Edinburgh