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COVID-19 NEWS: 'How Effective Is Quarantine Alone or in Combination With Other Public Health Measures ... ?'
Cochrane released a Rapid Review “assessing the effectiveness of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.” It “summarizes evidence available from modelling studies that show how quarantining affects the spread of COVID-19. The studies included in the review consistently conclude that quarantine can play a role in controlling the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. While early implementation of quarantine and its combination with other public health measures helps to ensure effectiveness, key uncertainties remain as to how these measures can best be adopted and when they can be relaxed.”
Additional conclusions are the following:
- Quarantine of people exposed to confirmed cases may avert high proportions of infections and deaths compared to no measures.
- The effect of quarantine of travelers from a country with a declared outbreak to avert transmission and deaths was small.
- In general, the combination of quarantine with other prevention and control measures, such as school closures, travel restrictions, and physical distancing, had a greater effect on the reduction of transmissions, cases which required critical care beds, and deaths compared with quarantine alone.
- More comprehensive and early implementation of prevention and control measures may be more effective in containing the COVID-19 outbreak.
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