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Clare Gerada: Some good must come out of covid-19

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 26 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2043

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  1. Clare Gerada, GP partner
  1. Hurley Group, London
  1. clare.gerada{at}

Unlike other recent epidemics (HIV/AIDS, SARS, Ebola), which were mainly contained in specific countries or patient groups, the impact of covid-19 is affecting the whole world. For better or worse, we’re all experiencing enormous changes to our personal, social, and professional lives. My life as a doctor—like everyone’s—has changed beyond belief, maybe forever. Some of these changes are positive, such as reduced commuting time, using digital technologies to consult with patients, and learning new skills or different technologies. The negative changes include, especially, the loss of personal contact with …

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