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Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID-19: A rapid Cochrane review

B Schmidt, E L Davids, T Malinga

Abstract


In March 2020, the South African government implemented various non-pharmacological prevention and control measures (e.g. isolation, social distancing and quarantine) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We summarise evidence from a rapid Cochrane review on the effect of quarantine alone v. quarantine plus combination measures to prevent transmission of and mortality caused by COVID-19. The findings show that when started earlier, quarantine combined with other prevention and control measures can be more effective than quarantine alone, and cost less.


Authors' affiliations

B Schmidt, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

E L Davids, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Adolescent Health Research Unit, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

T Malinga, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

COVID-19; Quarantine; Social distancing; Isolation

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2020;110(6):476-477. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i6.14847

Article History

Date submitted: 2020-04-30
Date published: 2020-04-30

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