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Clare Gerada: Doctors on the covid-19 front line also need to protect themselves and their colleagues

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1121 (Published 24 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1121

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  1. Clare Gerada, GP partner
  1. Hurley Group, London
  1. clare.gerada{at}nhs.net
    Follow Clare on Twitter: @ClareGerada

I brought more than a fridge magnet back from my recent trip to New York. Unbeknown to me, I also brought back covid-19. I confused the initial symptoms of fatigue with jet lag. I thought that the dry cough was secondary to the effects of the cabin air. However, it was quite clear that a high temperature wasn’t a symptom of jet lag, and very soon after arriving back in the UK I realised that I’d developed the illness that’s been on everyone’s mind for weeks.

The NHS was still routinely testing, although in the community this was only for people who had returned from a list of countries deemed to be high risk. At that time the US was …

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