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  1. Simon Smith, Quality Improvement Editor
  1. Emergency Department, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, 0xfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Simon Smith, Emergency Department, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, 0xfordshire, UK; Simon.Smith{at}

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Welcome to the June issue of the EMJ, and we hope that you are keeping well. As the current pandemic continues to affect our working and personal lives, this Primary Survey has identified two COVID-19 related articles of interest. We also have some interesting articles on paediatric trauma, head injuries, sepsis and some thought provoking reads about the state of Emergency Medicine Research.

COVID in this issue

Editor’s Choice: Drs Jiang and Flores eloquently describe working in the pandemic at the (very) sharp end, in an Emergency Department in New York. They also describe the effects on them personally, such as the anxieties we are all feeling, and also the realisation of positive aspects that can protect our mental wellbeing at this time. We would recommend this short ‘View from here’; I have reflected on the points it raises myself; especially with regards to the support we should be receiving at this time.

On a practical level, Chou et al describe the use of intra-departmental telemedicine during the crisis to protect both healthcare workers and patients by reducing unnecessary exposure. …

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