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The price of being a doctor during the COVID-19 outbreak
  1. Nicola Imperatore1,2,
  2. Antonio Rispo2,
  3. Giovanni Lombardi1
  1. 1 Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Unit, AORN Antonio Cardarelli, Naples, Italy
  2. 2 Gastroenterology, Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, School of Medicine Federico II of Naples, Naples, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nicola Imperatore, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Unit, AORN Antonio Cardarelli, Naples 80131, Italy; nicola.imperatore{at}

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The last 4 months have radically changed the world: the novel coronavirus, named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2,1 is determining probably the most dramatic health and human crisis that every human being can remember: collapsed hospitals, arrested economy, and above all broken lives. But some of these lives have been destroyed by a passion, a mission: being a doctor, even in the time of COVID-19. Thousands of doctors have been infected during the outbreak, and many of them died attempting to save others. Every where men, women, more or less young, each of them honoured being a doctor until their last breath. Until the end of March, China, the first country affected by SARS-CoV-2, experienced 23 healthcare workers’ death.2 In Italy, 127 doctors …

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  • Contributors NI: guarantor of the article, conception and design of the study, drafting the article, final approval of the article. AR, GL: conception and design of the study, final approval of the article. All authors approved the final version of the article, including the authorship list.

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