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Social distancing led to reduced number of exacerbations in bronchiectasis patients

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NLC 2022
Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the exacerbation risk in bronchiectasis patients. The daily symptoms that these patients experience, such as phlegm and cough, were not significantly reduced. Besides, patients did not experience a heightened sense of anxiousness as a result of social distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic highly influenced the lives of everyone, and in particular of patients living with lung disease. For instance, it is known that social distancing, which was introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19, led to a reduction in exacerbation risk for COPD patients [1]. Also, respiratory viral-associated exacerbations decreased [2]. Although this may be regarded as a beneficial effect of the imposed social distancing measurements, the downside was that patients experienced an increased sense of loneliness due to social distancing [3]. If this was the case for COPD patients, what would the effect of the pandemic and its measures b...


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