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Clare Gerada: Loss has become a daily experience in the covid-19 pandemic

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 23 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n496

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

We are hopefully entering the final straight of this pandemic, and we can begin to take stock of what it has meant to us all. If one word can describe our universal experience it is loss, which has become a daily event.

This might be the loss of a loved one, a colleague, or a friend, or prolonged separation from any of them. It could be the loss of routines, planned celebrations, or formal rites. And we have all experienced loss in our working lives: disrupted training or moving teams, jobs, even hospitals. Among these are less tangible, more ambiguous losses—such as …

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