Key Research Question: Is There Evidence That Centralized Voluntary Isolation/Quarantine Centers (CVICs) Reduce Transmission and Spread?   [open pdf - 513KB]

From the Context: "[1] Large outbreaks have occurred in Alberta associated with situations of high vulnerability in closed settings, for example beef and poultry processing plants, oil sands worker camps, as well as long-term care homes; [2] Outbreaks in specific locations are often multifactorial in nature, with contributing factors from outside of the workplace, and require a One Health approach for investigation and control. [3] WHO [World Health Organization] indicates that one of the critical pieces that must be in place before community wide restrictions can be modified is that outbreak risks are minimized in special settings like health facilities and nursing homes' (World Health Organization, 2020a); [4] Quarantine refers to the restriction of activities of a person who is not ill but had possible exposure to a disease, allowing early and rapid detection of disease. [5] Isolation refers to restriction of activities of an ill person, to prevent transmission of disease. [6] All of these recommendations must also be applied in conjunction with other outbreak management strategies such as symptom-based screening, physical distancing, rigor; as well as recommendations on PPE and cleaning and disinfection."

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