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As the NHS shifts to the ‘second phase’ of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, general practice has to learn to work alongside the virus. For a service widely considered to be the ‘front door’ of the NHS, this is a challenge. Strategies already in use are likely to be maintained, including seeing patients with suspected COVID-19 at separate sites (so called ‘hot hubs’), and using telephone and video consulting to reduce face-to-face contact where possible. But these can only go so far. The number of patients requiring face-to-face consultations is likely to creep up over time (as examinations and tests can no longer be deferred), and with this comes the potential for greater exposure of GPs to COVID-19.