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Evaluation of the impact of shielding to avoid COVID-19 infection on respiratory symptoms in children with severe asthma
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  1. Hasitha Gajaweera,
  2. Damilola Oladele,
  3. Gary Connett
  1. National Institute for Health Research, Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Centre, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, Southampton, Hants, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gary Connett, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK; gary.connett{at}uhs.nhs.uk

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Further to Krivec et al’s1 report of a significant decrease in asthma admissions during their state’s lockdown in response to COVID-19 we have performed a service evaluation of children attending specialist paediatric respiratory clinics for their asthma at Southampton University Hospital while shielding according to National Health Service advice up until the end of July 2020. Patients and their parents were asked to complete a preprepared series of questions about how their asthma had been affected by shielding as a part of telephone/video link follow-up consultations having shielded for between 2 and 5 months.

Sixty-eight families were identified, and 58 patients (male 33, female 25) provided data. Of the 10 families not included, four were not contactable and six did not have follow-up within …

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