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Why we must fight for long-COVID to be classed as an occupational disease

After front-line service, nurses with long-COVID have another battle on their hands

After front-line service, nurses with long-COVID have another battle on their hands

Battling disease, brave fights and the front line: military language has been used in a medical context for years.

And it’s often apt. Many times when I arrived on duty, it felt as though I was entering a theatre of war rather than a theatre of surgery.

COVID-19 has felt like a battle – where we had inadequate defences

Never in modern history has this been more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wordsmiths have had a field day – allusions to ‘bravery’ and the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ have been part of the COVID-19 rhetoric related to healthcare workers since March 2020.

The parallels

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