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Letters Scale and scope of long covid

Long covid: coding is caring

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 19 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1262
  1. Nikhil Mayor, academic foundation doctor1 2,
  2. Ruby Tsang, researcher clinical informatics2,
  3. Mark Joy, senior researcher2,
  4. FD Richard Hobbs, Nuffield professor of primary health care sciences2,
  5. Simon de Lusignan, professor of primary care and clinical informatics2
  1. 1Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, UK
  2. 2Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. nikhil.mayor{at}

Research, 24 April

Sivan and colleagues1 and Ayoubkhani and colleagues2 describe the scale of adverse health outcomes for people admitted to hospital with covid-19. We agree that key questions of this complex, heterogeneous patient group are yet to be answered—such as whether particular symptom clusters exist, the impact on disparities, and whether young, fit people are disproportionately affected.3

For our health system to rise to the challenge of long covid we need …

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