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Letter from the Editor

Editor
Prof. Richard Dekhuijzen, Radboud University Medical Center, the Netherlands
Conference
ERS 2021
  Dear Readers,   As expected, the ERS of 2021 was held online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, numerous speakers were able to present the most recent updates in important areas of pulmonary diseases. Some of these studies and findings are highlighted below. Interpretation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test can be difficult due to its lower sensitivity. COVID-19-suspected patients with increased inflammation markers were at increased risk of a first false-negative PCR test. The diagnosis should therefore not only rely on PCR test results, but also on inflammatory markers, such as platelet counts and CRP, clinical presentation, and findings from other tests, such as a chest CT scan. Months after infection with SARS-CoV-2, some patients are still suffering from fatigue. In a recent study, severe fatigue negatively correlated with disease severity. Even patients with mild symptoms showed fatigue up to 10 months after initial i...


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