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Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19

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Practicing social distancing

Social distancing measures such as working from home, self-isolation, and community contact reduction have proven highly effective in reducing the number of cases of COVID-19.

Credit: Veronica Bravo

Researchers at the University of Western Australia (UWA) confirmed through computer modeling that social distancing measures can reduce the number of cases of COVID-19.

The researchers used modeling to assess various measures and ascertain which approaches could most effectively lower the peak daily infection rate and the resulting strain on the healthcare system.

The team used COVID-19 transmission data from the outbreak source in China's Hubei Province collected prior to activation of containment measures to adapt an established individual-based simulation model of the Australian city of Newcastle.

The model identified self-isolation and a 70% reduction in community-wide contact as the most impactful social distancing strategies.

From University of Western Australia
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