At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many lung function laboratories closed down or operated at half load only. The risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 from aerosols generated during the test was too high. As SARS-CoV-2 will continue to be around, new hygiene and safety measures are required so that lung function testing can get back to routine in hospitals and primary care.
Now, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) published a consensus on proposals for lung function testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This consensus includes precautions to protect both staff and patients.
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International consensus on lung function testing during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond by McGowan and colleagues (2021)
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