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  1. C Niek Van Dijk
  1. Amsterdam UMC, University of AmsterdamDepartment of orthopaedic Surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Professor C Niek Van Dijk, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; C.NiekvanDijk{at}

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a dramatic impact on all of us, involving all our daily activities and our practices. As I write this editorial, elective orthopaedic and sports medicine care has virtually come to a standstill. Many conferences have been cancelled or postponed. I hope that all is well with you, your families and colleagues during these challenging and unprecedented times. I can appreciate how difficult it must be within your institutions and know that many of you are on the front lines supporting patients and fellow clinicians. I hope you all are safe as you adjust to the changes this pandemic has brought to your work and family life.

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It was Bill Gates who wrote in 2015: ‘we must prepare for future epidemics, which may spread more effectively than Ebola. There is a significant chance that an epidemic of a substantially more infectious disease, will occur sometime in the next 20 years”1 Global health experts have been …

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