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    ELF Award

    Presented to: All health care professionals working on the front line in the fight against COVID-19

    The ELF Award recognises the outstanding contribution that health care professionals on the front line have made to the service of human health worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic.

    All health care professionals working on the front line in the fight against COVID-19

    The European Lung Foundation (ELF) is honoured to dedicate the 2020 ELF Award to all respiratory healthcare professionals who have worked tirelessly on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In order to save lives and navigate through the pandemic, healthcare professionals have made countless sacrifices. They have self-isolated away from their families and worked back-to-back shifts to keep up with the huge demand on healthcare services. They have had to watch as colleagues have fallen ill and, in turn, become patients themselves. In some cases, they have seen colleagues lose their lives.

    They have had to communicate with family members who were unable to visit their loved ones and have found ways to help families connect using phone and video conferencing. Many hospitals have experienced a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line staff, but they have continued to put themselves at risk to provide care to patients.

    During these trying times, the respiratory community has pulled together in extraordinary ways; from the dedication to patient care to the incredibly rapid publication of more than 95,000 articles on the topic of COVID-19. All the while, people have continued to live with their chronic respiratory diseases under stressful and worrying times. While battling COVID-19, respiratory healthcare professionals have also been treating their regular patients and allaying their fears of contracting COVID-19.  

    This award is dedicated to all healthcare professionals, from nurses to physiotherapists and clinicians to support staff. In the face of such adversity, healthcare professionals the world over have risen to the challenge. Please join us in recognising the incredible response of the respiratory community to the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe and the world.

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