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Letters Avoiding CPR on patients with covid-19

Confusion over CPR in patients with covid-19

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 06 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1805
  1. Francesco P Cappuccio, professor of cardiovascular medicine and epidemiology and consultant physician
  1. University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
  1. f.p.cappuccio{at}

The news on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in covid-191 is the latest example of the state of confusion, denial, and unpreparedness in which national health authorities and politicians are facing the pandemic.2 The evidence provided by scientific advisers is either publicly challenged,3 not made available for scrutiny,4 or absent.

The World Health Organization lists CPR as an aerosol generating procedure,5 for …

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