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COVID-19: science must not be the boy who cried wolf
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  1. Philip Lewis,
  2. Thomas C Erren
  1. Institute and Policlinic for Occupational Medicine, Environmental Medicine and Prevention Research, University Hospital of Cologne, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Philip Lewis, Institute and Policlinic for Occupational Medicine, Environmental Medicine and Prevention Research, University Hospital of Cologne, Kerpener Str. 62, 50969 Cologne, Germany; philip.lewis{at}uk-koeln.de

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COVID-19 mitigation and suppression strategies like physical distancing severely affect livelihoods. Jobs, education, healthcare and more continue to be disrupted or lost. ‘Is all this necessary?’ numerous people ask as some countries are already loosening isolation measures while others proceeded with less strict measures in the first instance. Moreover, researchers identify a lack of reliable …

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