Overview of Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of COVID-19   [open pdf - 339KB]

From the Background: "The overarching goal for all countries is to control COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] by slowing down transmission of the virus and preventing associated illness and death. In response to COVID-19, every country should be implementing a comprehensive set of measures, calibrated to the local context and epidemiology of the disease. Central to this comprehensive strategy are time-tested, core public health measures that break chains of person-to-person transmission, including (i) identification, isolation, testing, and clinical care for all cases, and (ii) tracing and quarantine of all contacts, which should be a part of all national COVID-19 responses. A comprehensive strategy to control COVID-19 will also include other public health and social measures, which are actions by individuals, institutions, communities, local and national governments, and international bodies to suppress or stop community spread of COVID-19. Public health and social measures contribute to stopping individual chains of transmission and preventing outbreaks, and are therefore critical in limiting further spread of COVID-19, particularly while vaccines and therapeutics are not yet available."

2020 World Health Organization. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/igo/]
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