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Helen Salisbury: When will we be well again?

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2490 (Published 23 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2490

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  1. Helen Salisbury, GP
  1. Oxford
  1. helen.salisbury{at}phc.ox.ac.uk
    Follow Helen on Twitter: @HelenRSalisbury

In the heat of the pandemic, news reports focused on patients who were severely ill, in hospital and on ventilators. Fortunately, this was a minority of patients, and most people with covid-19 remained at home—some of them horribly unwell but not in need of respiratory support. Another cohort were at risk of admission and required daily phone calls and regular oxygen saturation monitoring.

Now that the first wave is receding, the patients who need our attention are the estimated one in 10 with prolonged symptoms. Many of these people were previously …

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