Rapid responses are electronic comments to the editor. They enable our users to debate issues raised in articles published on bmj.com. A rapid response is first posted online. If you need the URL (web address) of an individual response, simply click on the response headline and copy the URL from the browser window. A proportion of responses will, after editing, be published online and in the print journal as letters, which are indexed in PubMed. Rapid responses are not indexed in PubMed and they are not journal articles. The BMJ reserves the right to remove responses which are being wilfully misrepresented as published articles.
We early used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and, at the moment, have no news of COVID-19 in our patients. In two cases of haemoptysis we prescribed by phone levofloxacin 500 mg once a day for ten days (1). Many patients call us to say that they have flu like symtoms. However, we think the most important topic is in this double quotation: “The practitioner who is treating it on sure principles, and which only require time to lead to a successful result, is forced to give place and it only remains for him, like Chancellor Oxenstiern, to exclaim Quam parva sapientia regitur mundus! This is undoubtedly a common occurrence in all disease[..]” (2).
Giuseppe Paolo Mazzarello, M.D.
Sergio Sommariva, M.D.
1. Zhang J, Zhou L, Yang Y, Peng W, Wang W, Chen X
Therapeutic and triage strategies for 2019 novel coronavirus disease in fever clinics.
Lancet. 2020; (published online Feb 13. https://doi.org./10.1016/S2213-2600(20)30071-0.)
2. The Dublin Journal of Medical Sciences, 1836-1845, Vol. 15-16.