Only strict quarantine measures can curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Italy, 2020

Sjödin H, Wilder-Smith A, Osman S, Farooq Z, Rocklöv J

Euro Surveill 25 (13) - [2020-04-02; online 2020-04-02]

Several Italian towns are under lockdown to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. The level of transmission reduction required for physical distancing interventions to mitigate the epidemic is a crucial question. We show that very high adherence to community quarantine (total stay-home policy) and a small household size is necessary for curbing the outbreak in a locked-down town. The larger the household size and amount of time in the public, the longer the lockdown period needed.

Type: Other

PubMed 32265005

DOI 10.2807/

Crossref 10.2807/

pmc: PMC7140595

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