COVID-19 : getting ahead of the epidemic curve by early implementation of social distancing

Preiser, Wolfgang ; Van Zyl, Gert ; Dramowski, Angela (2020)

CITATION: Preiser, W., Van Zyl, G. & Dramowski, A. 2020. COVID-19 : getting ahead of the epidemic curve by early implementation of social distancing. South African Medical Journal, 110(4):258, doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i4.14720.

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The response to the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has largely been reactive. There are a few exceptions of countries taking proactive measures. Some countries in Asia, including Taiwan and Singapore, were able to limit the spread despite close links to China,[1,2] and South Korea and China were able to mobilise to contain an initial rapidly spreading epidemic through mass testing and early interventions.[2,3] As COVID-19 has now reached Africa, South Africa (SA) could be a regional leader in its response and reduce the impact of the disease on its population by acting early.

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