|[Published: Wednesday March 25 2020]
Tough combined measures key in virus fight: study
SINGAPORE, 25 March. - (ANA) - Quarantining infected people, workplace distancing and school closures are most effective in combatting the spread of the new coronavirus when implemented together, according to new research released looking at Singapore's response to the killer disease.
Researchers from the National University of Singapore saw a dramatic drop in projected cases when all three physical distancing measures were done at once.
But they warned that if a large number of infected people in the community had no symptoms, or if infection rates were very high, the policies had a much reduced effect.
Singapore has used a policy of testing and tracing of COVID-19 patients to limit the spread of the virus, without ordering a widespread lockdown of society and the economy. - (ANA) -
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