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Commentary on: Kisely S, Warren N, McMahon L, et al. Occurrence, prevention, and management of the psychological effects of emerging virus outbreaks on healthcare workers: rapid review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2020;369:m1642. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m1642.
Implications for practice and research
Adequate personal protective equipment, clear communication, education and access to psychological support need to be provided in order to improve the well-being of staff during virus outbreaks.
Primary research is required specifically on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare professionals’ well-being, and which interventions offer the greatest level of support.
Viral diseases represent a serious threat to public health, with novel viruses continuing to emerge. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic which took hold during 20201 2 there have also been recent outbreaks of new influenza strains such as H1N1 that emerged in North America in 2009, a novel virus of avian origin (H7N9) 4 years later in …
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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