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Letters Italian response to covid-19

Italian doctors call for protecting healthcare workers and boosting community surveillance during covid-19 outbreak

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 26 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1254
  1. Filippo Anelli, president1,
  2. Giovanni Leoni, vice president1,
  3. Roberto Monaco, secretary general1,
  4. Cosimo Nume, president2,
  5. Roberto Carlo Rossi, president3,
  6. Guido Marinoni, president4,
  7. Gianluigi Spata, president5,
  8. Donato De Giorgi, president6,
  9. Luigi Peccarisi, vice president6,
  10. Alessandro Miani, president7,
  11. Ernesto Burgio, director of Scientific Committee7,
  12. Ivan Gentile, director of Infectious Disease Division8,
  13. Annamaria Colao, chair holder8,
  14. Maria Triassi, full professor of public health8,
  15. Prisco Piscitelli, scientific officer78
  1. 1Italian Federation of Medical Professional Associations (FNOMCEO), Via Ferdinando di Savoia 1, 00196 Rome, Italy
  2. 2Medical Professional Association (OMCEO) of Taranto, Via F Crispi 107, 74123, Taranto, Italy
  3. 3Medical Professional Association (OMCEO) of Milan, Via Lanzone 31, 20123 Milan, Italy
  4. 4Medical Professional Association (OMCEO) of Bergamo, Via Giacomo Manzu' 25, 24122 Bergamo, Italy
  5. 5Medical Professional Association (OMCEO) of Como, Viale Massenzio Masia 30, 22100 Como, Italy
  6. 6Medical Professional Association (OMCEO) of Lecce, Via Nazario Saur, 31, 73100, Lecce, Italy
  7. 7Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA), Via Monte Leone 2, 20149 Milano
  8. 8UNESCO Chair on Health Education and Sustainable Development, Federico II University, Via S Pansini, 5, 80131, Naples Italy
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Italy is in a dramatic situation owing to the spread of covid-19,1 but we could do more to protect medical doctors and all hospital workers, including nurses, therapists, technicians, and support staff. Beyond the personal risks that doctors and healthcare workers are facing directly—highlighted by the death of general practitioner and national delegate for continuous medical education Roberto Stella in Varese—hospitals and medical personnel are a potential vehicle for spread of covid-19.2

The New England Journal of Medicine has reported on the huge proportion of infected …

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