The Science of Social Distancing and Total Lock Down: Does it Work? Whom does it Benefit?
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Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Makerere University School of Public Health, UGANDA
Department of Primary and Interdisciplinary care, University of Antwerp, BELGIUM
Social Medicine and Global Health, Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö, Lund University, SWEDEN
Online publication date: 2020-04-07
Publication date: 2020-04-07
Electron J Gen Med 2020;17(6):em230
COVID-19 is spiralling like wild fire and has caused a global mayhem. Many lives have already been lost, and the global economy is at stake. In the absence of vaccine, social distancing and total lock down is the current mainstay in efforts to mitigate and flatten the epidemic curves. Several countries across the globe are currently implementing social distancing and total lock downs. However, what is social distancing and lock down? Does it work? Whom does it benefit? We expound on these questions and conclude that social distancing and lock down benefit the local and international community alike. Moreover, we hypothesis that evacuations may facilitate international spread of a highly contagious disease of pandemic potential.
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