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Covid-19 and COPD: A Personal Reflection

Authors Russell R

Received 23 March 2020

Accepted for publication 23 March 2020

Published 24 April 2020 Volume 2020:15 Pages 883—884

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S255101

Checked for plagiarism Yes


Richard Russell

Respiratory Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Correspondence: Richard Russell Email richard.russell@ndm.ox.ac.uk

As China seems to be emerging from their COVID epidemic and the rest of the world is plunged headlong into their own perhaps I can be forgiven by the readers of this journal for a moment or two of reflection and even self-indulgence. It is a huge privilege to be the editor of the International Journal of COPD and this enables me to keep abreast of all current COPD research. Loyal readers will know that we accept a catholic spread of research and are very much patient-focused. As editor, I have maintained as a principle that the research we published must be potentially translatable. I am also a committed front-line clinician and clinical researcher. And so, with these three perspectives, I have been able to reflect on the current COVID-19 crisis and what this means to our patients, our colleagues and our families.


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